Homelessness

11/9/2023
Blakespear presents $5M for
homeless shelter serving Vista, Encinitas
The Coast News

Related:
Vista adjusts shelter network model
advances joint shelter plans with Encinitas



8/2/2023
Operation Hope North County
revitalized with renovation and art
KPBS



9/14/2023
Vista Wants to Fast Track the Opening of a New Shelter
Vista’s homeless residents who have wanted to enter a shelter in the past 10 months couldn’t do so because of limited capacity.
VOICE of SAN DIEGO



10/16/2023
Montgomery Steppe Calls Enforcing Camping Ban Without Shelter Options ‘Criminal’

During Politifest’s District Four Board of Supervisors debate, Monica Montgomery Steppe defended her opposition to San Diego’s camping ban.

VOICE of SAN DIEGO



10/11/2023
Supervisors fund homeless diversion program
The Coast News



9/20/2023
North County Report
The Brother Benno’s Dilemma
A homeless services provider in Oceanside is facing opposition from neighboring businesses, but new rules set by the city to appease critics might be too much for the nonprofit to handle on its own.
VOICE of SAN DIEGO



8/31/2023
Escondido Pulls Funding from the Only Homeless Shelter in the City
VOICE of SAN DIEGO

8/31/2023
Does Escondido believe that neighboring areas are free-riding on its shelter? Are neighboring cities now completely funding the Interfaith shelter in Escondido? Are there only four homeless shelters in North County? Is Escondido concerned that this shelter doesn’t require sobriety or background checks? Does Escondido want to instead spend their dollars expanding their homeless outreach in Escondido?



1/19/2023
Vista approves contract
for homeless Safe Parking Program

“Vista received a $65,000 grant from the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, Department of Homeless Solutions and Equitable Communities for capital improvements related to the Safe Parking Program.”

Steve Puterski

The Coast News

Related news: homeless services
Operation Hope



7/23/2023
Foster, homeless youths have a safe place in Vista
The San Diego Union-Tribune



4/18/2023
No vacancy
Homeless people turned away
from San Diego shelters every day

Shelters usually operate at more than 90 percent capacity. I tell them, ‘I’m sorry, there’s no more beds.’

Interfaith Community Services CEO Greg Anglea said fewer than 150 shelter beds are available in North County, which has about 2,000 homeless people. Interfaith operates the 49-bed Haven House shelter at its Escondido headquarters.”

Gary Warth

The San Diego Union-Tribune



…”after housing over 50 homeless veterans
and seeing literally ALL of them
back on the street with their continued addiction
after our 9 months of rental assistance was finished
I realized this was a toxic cycle.”

Tyler Alvarez

Related at Social Studies



Shelter First

“In a randomized controlled trial, homeless people were given furnished apartments and allowed to keep them unless they failed a drug test, at which point they were sent to stay in a shelter. Sixty-five percent of participants completed the program.

Instead of attempting to guarantee Californians a right to housing, which will likely never be realized, Californians should instead be guaranteed a right to shelter. New York City, a city with over 77,000 homeless people, has sheltered 95 percent of its homeless population. It does not suffer from the same problems of open air drug scenes and homeless encampments.”

California Peace Coalition



Vista meeting hall brings
dozens of recovery programs under one roof

“The Steps Meeting Hall opened seven years ago to provide a home for dozens of 12-Step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous. Now the hall is home to nearly 50 programs serving about 1,000 people in recovery programs each week.

Next door is the Serenity STEPS Shop, 1717 E. Vista Way-Suite 115, which helps support the hall through the sales of recovery related coins, spiritual items and other merchandise.”

VISTA IS OPEN!



11/7/2023
Are some local apartment building websites promoting alcohol? Is it the intention of certain rich business owners to foster a population of foggy thinkers? Do they want voters that can easily be scammed and fooled by false news narratives? Do these rich investors not care about any possibly resulting addiction problems… or related health problems, homelessness, or financial distress?



11/1/2023
Pick Your Pieces
#SolutionsWatch

Joseph Plummer:
“Unfortunately… we are constantly pushed down into the lowest levels of consciousness where we are the most easy to manipulate… I quit drinking when I was 21 years old… If instead you start to say, okay, I see the source of this unhealthy diet of thoughts and I want to shape my mind differently… We literally can… separate ourselves a bit from that egoic mind, that lower circuit driven, this is all I am, this is how things are.”

James Corbett:
“I suppose I understand what you are articulating… because it occurred to me at a certain point that you have to desire the change that you want. Not just desire the change, but desire the end goal of what it is you’re seeking.”

The Corbett Report



5/15/2023
The Lucky Duck Foundation on
San Diego’s new homeless enforcement plans
KUSI News

5/21/2023
Is the enforcement plan just police busiwork? The police are moving homeless from one sidewalk to another when nearby residents complain? Is San Diego government, not the police, responsible for this ineffective plan? Are the police trying to implement this “plan” with a greatly reduced workforce?

Did San Diego lose 22% of its police force due to vax mandates last year? At that time, was there even enough long-term testing done to know if they are safe and effective over the long term? Was the SD County Board of Supervisors responsible for this hiring/firing plan? Alex Villanueva, Sheriff of LA County, stood up for officers in LA. Was a large part of the LA police force planning to quit over a mandate?



5/9/2023
California to Observe
Fentanyl Awareness Day
to Combat Opioid Crisis

“Fentanyl kills more Americans under 50 than any other cause of death, including heart disease, cancer, homicide, suicide, and other accidents. Last year 6,843 people died in California from opioid overdose, 5,722 of these deaths were related to Fentanyl.”

Debbie L. Sklar

TIMES of SAN DIEGO

Related at North County Daily Star



7/12/2023
San Diego County’s radical leadership styles continue even without Nathan Fletcher

“When you look at what harm reduction actually is, this is NOT it. This is simply a delivery service for needles and crack pipes.”

Dane White
Mayor of Escondido

KUSI

7/21/2023
Are some non-profits farming homeless addicts?

Was a “harm reduction” plan implemented in San Francisco? How is San Francisco doing these days?

Supervisor Desmond and most Mayors in North County oppose this plan.

What can citizens do to derail this plan? Dane White, Mayor of Escondido, recommends writing members of the County Board of Supervisors. There’s also an online petition at the website of San Diego County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond.



9/22/2022
No, Lockdown Instigators
Do Not Deserve
the Benefit of the Doubt


The damage that lockdowns would cause was far too well known, far too uneven, and far too catastrophic to assume their chief instigators must have had good intentions.

“…the lockdowns caused the public to believe that the virus was hundreds of times deadlier than it really was

Simultaneously, the World Health Organization issued global PCR testing guidance—using tests later confirmed by the New York Times to have a false positive rate over 85%—pursuant to which millions of cases were soon discovered in every country.

Additionally, the WHO issued new guidance on the use of mechanical ventilators to member nations; over 97% of those over age 65 who received mechanical ventilation in accordance with this guidance were killed.”

Michael Senger

The New Normal

5/11/2023
Chula Vista opens first bridge shelter
to combat homeless crisis

“The shelter is equipped with over 60 tiny-homes which house two individuals each. The houses are pet-friendly, customizable, and temperature regulated. To qualify for a three month stay, individuals must be sober.”

KUSI News

6/13//2023
Did HUD, the State of California, and the County of SD help to fund this project?



6/9/2023
El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells
reacts to Todd Gloria’s “call to action”

“We have 110 people that are sheltered
per 10,000 residents. Whereas,
San Diego has 23 per 10,000 residents…

We’re staying away from the Housing First model.

Our primary thing is the East County Transitional Living Center which requires that you’re clean and sober to be in the program. But, it’s a tremendously successfuly program. To do this, we have to mostly do non-governmental funding.

We have to raise money within the population. The business community steps up to raise money… There’s a lot of different fund raisers for that.”

Bill Wells
Mayor of El Cajon

KUSI News

6/13/2023
El Cajon is sheltering one out of every hundred residents? That’s a major commitment to this. The report still shows ~200 unsheltered there. Maybe those are the addicted homeless? It will be interesting to see what plans El Cajon comes up with next. They’re definitely giving this some serious attention. Since El Cajon uses their own funding, they get to choose their own homelessness solutions.



6/27/2023
Mayor Todd Gloria’s homeless shelter strategy
is mostly unfunded.
Here’s what it could cost

“Ultimately, the city will count on donations from private, corporate and philanthropic groups.”

Sarah Jarman
top City of San Diego official
dedicated to homelessness solutions

inewsource

Related:
Homelessness and Immigration local news reporting at inewsource