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A recent report by the Department of housing and Urban development found the city of San Diego and the surrounding county had the fourth highest population of homeless in the country – a crisis, prompting city officials to big, but expensive, steps to control the situation.
In one of the more dramatic trains of California-communities in dealing with a growing homeless population, the city is pursuing the construction of a massive taxpayer-funded tents, trailers, and other facilities to house the life on the streets and in their cars.
San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, a Republican, signed last week on a city Council-approved $ 11 million to Finance the contract, the store until June 2020, three such “bridge homes for the homeless and a facility for their belongings. The Treaty also laid the Foundation stone for the construction of a fourth bridge shelter.
“We take the drama to move the tables to act, the homeless people off the street and get help,” Faulconer told Fox News. “Our strategy is to connect, support, and protect.”
The plan includes secure Parking zones for people living in their cars or campers.
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One of three temporary shelters for the homeless in San Diego, Calif. (Photo courtesy of Matt Shupe)
While other cities in the country, have pursued their own counter-measures – Los Angeles, has furnished the supporters of the center for the homeless residents said Faulconer, his plan is progress to show, since the first protection was a hut built in the year 2017 in the amount of a hepatitis A outbreak impact on San Diego’s homeless population. The HUD report estimated the population of 8,000 in San Diego County, with 5,000 of them in the city. However, city officials say they have seen the homeless population fall 6 percent from last year, and a huge homeless Camp along the San Diego River has been reduced by 90 percent in the last two years.
In contrast, a recent report to the local legislators in Los Angeles revealed that the city saw a 16 percent increase in its homeless population in the last year – rising to more than 36,000 people living on the streets.
San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer speaks with the residents in a homeless shelter. (Photo courtesy of Matt Shupe)
“I tried to set the tone to break away from the embedded bureaucracy, not done the things,” Faulconer said. “Everyone needs to step up and lead by example.”
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Despite the progress, questions have been raised about the economic sustainability of these programs.
The facilities is expected to cost the city nearly $13.7 million in the coming financial year starting 1. July will be paid for the reserves in the city’s housing Commission through Federal funds, is not to be expected that every year will be renewed. While the animal financed homes in June of next year, the future you is the after that is unwritten.
“To further support these programs with the use of the Commission property reserves is untenable,” Jillian Kissee, San Diego Independent Budget Analyst, told the city Council at the beginning of this year, according to local media. “The current practice of backfilling of the housing Commission on an annual basis with limited or one-time financing is not a viable long-term strategy.”
Faulconer says the main reason San Diego is that the dig is not in your own funds to combat homelessness, cities in California have redevelopment agencies. The local authorities, on the property used tax dollars that would otherwise go to school districts and counties for the development, including around $1 billion per year for housing – have been smoothed out, then-Gov. Jerry Brown in 2012 in the midst of a series of bad press turning on wasteful development projects, and an increasing state deficit.
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But now, with a budget surplus, the country is struggling to argue with the rising cost of housing and a growing homeless population, leading officials, including Faulconer, it is time to bring the agencies back.
“We need regulatory relief,” he said. “Our number one source for the construction of affordable housing was prior to the refurbishment funds.”
Whether or not the redevelopment agencies return, is says to on the legislature in Sacramento, but until then, Faulconer, he will continue to work to the homeless people of the street.
“We are pleased with our success, but we are honest with ourselves, because we know that we are doing a lot of work to do.”