More shelters, services, outreach for homeless expected in 2022
Efforts to get homeless people off the street and into shelters, housing and programs are expected to increase in the new year as more cities throughout the county are taking actions to address the issue.
Some cities that have never allowed shelters are making plans to open their first. The city and county of San Diego are working together on new programs, and hundreds of affordable housing units soon will become available for people now on the street or in shelters.
Also on the horizon, the Lucky Duck Foundation has offered a large tented structure it owns to San Diego or any city that would consider using it as a shelter. The tent can hold 250 beds and had been used as a shelter by Veterans Village of San Diego and at one time was offered to Chula Vista to use as a shelter.
The city and county of San Diego recently opened a 50-bed shelter on Sports Arena Boulevard for homeless people facing addiction and mental illness, and they plan to open in the near future safe havens, longer-term housing for people in recovery.
The county also has increased its outreach efforts to connect more homeless people on the street with services and shelter. Under the new agreement with People Assisting the Homeless, eight PATH outreach workers are in East County, four are in North County, three are in South County and two are in the central and north central region.