First, San Diego gave its public housing authority, San Diego Housing Commission, free reign to opt out of following federal laws aimed at protecting housing subsidy recipients. As a result, San Diego Housing Commission has and continues to create policies that adversely impact the low-income tenants for whom it receives federal funding to protect. One example – SDHC’s Community Choices program encourages low-income families to spend 50% of their income on rent. [Read more…] about What San Diego is Doing Wrong: Housing Law 101
Who are the homeless of San Diego? Yearly reports from several agencies reveal tragic glimpses of the humans everyone labels home-less. Homelessness has existed since the beginning of History, so I used to be just as jaded and callous as other people who always assumed the lot would always consist of the stereotypes: criminal offenders, the mentally ill, the infirm, addicts and other varieties of outcasts. [Read more…] about Urban Street Symbols: Hidden Messages in the Metropolis
“Will Work For Food,” read the sign held by a disheveled man of about 50 years of age wearing a dirt stained pair of blue jeans and a frayed baseball cap standing at an intersection in Mission Valley. The four simple words written in black sharpie on a piece of cardboard tell a more complex story about a city’s failure. [Read more…] about Panhandlers Welcome – San Diego should try Albuquerque’s homeless jobs program
I’m Orlando Barahona and this is the first account of my experiences as a homeless man in San Diego. One aim in writing this editorial is to raise a sharp awareness of a homelessness crisis I have experienced that cannot be ignored any longer: men, women and entire families are on the streets or in sub-par dwellings; the other is to dispel the myth that anyone who enters adverse situations cannot recover. [Read more…] about An Inside View of Homelessness in San Diego
Where are we now on homelessness in Los Angeles?
Much has happened in the three months since my UrbDeZine colleague Michael Russell unpacked the arc of the homeless crisis in Los Angeles. In early 2016, both the City of Los Angeles and County of Los Angeles approved comprehensive plans to tackle homelessness within their respective jurisdictions. Largely thanks to Home Rule, inter-cooperative city/county policy making has never been a regular trait of L.A. politics. But with L.A.’s homeless crisis reaching a state of emergency across jurisdictional boundaries, the old “policy making in silos” approach simply wouldn’t work here. Even the New York Times took note in a story highlighting collaboration between the two governments on Los Angeles’ homeless crisis response. The million dollar question remaining for Los Angeles City and County is, “How do we pay for it?” [Read more…] about Urge Pasadena to Approve the Measures to Address Homelessness
It was none of these things for the homeless.
For the homeless, it is a life without shelter, food, health care and a positive environment. Their environment is freezing and often wet.
Regardless of where you live, most would agree that we have a major societal issue on our hands.
While I have traveled to all but two states and all major cities, my perspective of homelessness is based upon the City of Los Angeles, because this is where I have lived for most of my career.
As the project manager of the Bunker Hill Urban Renewal project in downtown Los Angeles, I became aware of “Skid Row” and the “homeless” in the late-1960’s. [Read more…] about Mind Blowing Facts about LA’s Homeless People and How to Un-Homeless Them
Have you ever wondered how people make a living by collecting cans and bottles from trash cans? Do you want to learn more about “canning” and how “canners” survive in New York City? Do you enjoy documentaries? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, I highly recommend that you watch HBO’s Redemption (2012) which was directed and produced by Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill. [Read more…] about Documentary Review: Redemption
On April 20, 2015, Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his budget for next year.
After a “speech” at a Valley Industry Commerce Association, the Mayor formally presented his budget at City Hall.
What can I say?!! It was underwhelming.
San Diego – Father Joe’s Villages has finished construction of a 12 story 65 unit affordable housing project at 1506 Commercial Street. 49 of the units are reserved for homeless, or persons at risk of being homeless with special needs such as mental illness or HIV/AIDS. [Read more…] about 15th & Commercial Affordable Housing Project Completed
Downtown San Diego is a rapid growing urban metropolis with incredible bay views and spectacular vistas. It is home to nearly 30,000 residence, with a predicted population growth of 90,000 by 2030. But, with an increasing population and an unstable economy, comes an escalating poverty-stricken community as well. The homeless population in downtown San Diego has increased in recent years. Addressing homelessness in such a vibrant city is critical to the prosperity and future of San Diego. The Center City Development Corporation (CCDC) has developed a 5 year plan in hopes of significantly reducing the homeless population in downtown San Diego. [Read more…] about Without a Home