The homeless population in downtown San Diego has increased 26% since this time last year. According the Union-Tribune in an article published May 27th, downtown San Diego has 833 unsheltered people. Kris Michell with the Downtown San Diego Partnership and Councilmember Todd Gloria have both commented that organizations in downtown are working to mitigate this issue.
Since over 60% of the homeless population in downtown are not from San Diego County, officials are trying to figure out what is bringing them here. One man interviewed said that he conducted a Google search for the best cities for homeless people, and San Diego made the list. Another said he was given a bus ticket to San Diego by a friend. With the increased number of homeless downtown, there aren't currently enough shelters and services available for them.
There are several ways you can help and provide clothing, food, toiletries, donate money, and volunteer to help the homeless community in San Diego. The San Diego Police Department urges people NOT to offer money, food, clothing, etc. to homeless people you see on the street. Instead, contact a local service like those listed below to assist them in helping the homeless population in San Diego.
Father Joe’s Villages—http://my.neighbor.org
San Diego Rescue Mission—www.sdrescue.org
We also work closely with Clean and Safe to escort homeless people off of building property and remove grocery carts and other items left on The Grande South property. Clean and Safe can be reached at 619-234-8900, or you can file a report online at: