Assemblymember Gloria Comments on the 2019 Homeless Point-in-Time Count Results

Monday, April 29, 2019

 Gloria: “We should not be content with temporary shelters and navigation centers that house no one.”

SAN DIEGO, CA – Following today’s announcement of the 2019 San Diego County Point-In-Time count results, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) issued this statement:

Regrettably, the results from the annual Point-in-Time Count do not show the large reductions in the number of homeless in our city that San Diegans want to see. This is despite increased funding for homelessness services from the State and other sources.

Cities across the nation are making significant progress toward ending homelessness in their communities. San Diego can do it too, but it must stop spending its limited resources on band-aid solutions to homelessness.

“We should not be content with temporary shelters and navigation centers that house no one. Our objective must be to end chronic homelessness – not just in the City of San Diego, but in our entire region. Our efforts and investments should center on best practices and proven solutions like Housing First.

“In fact, the availability of state funding depends on it. Governor Newsom’s budget proposal outlines $500 million to help cities with this crisis, but only for those that have robust plans and show progress on getting people housed.

I appreciate the continued hard work by the Regional Task Force on the Homeless to develop a regional approach to ending chronic homelessness and I will continue to be a partner in these efforts. I look forward to working collaboratively with all of our regional stakeholders to fund and implement real solutions for our homeless neighbors.”