Some Basics to Start Your Journey
California's homelessness crisis, and possible solutions, explained
An easy-to-read pre-pandemic article on major aspects of homelessness in California, from CalMatters - a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture
Yes, Homelessness Is a Housing Problem
“Homelessness is a housing problem” is a controversial take among many people (mostly those who have homes) in regions like San Diego.
Stories and Portraits of San Diego Homelessness
Capturing the images and stories of San Diegans experiencing homelessness can dismantle stereotypes and bias associated with homelessness, says photographer and Humanity Shower founder Justin Verdan
Where Does All the California Money Go?
CalMatters explains where California's billions spent on homelessness goes - what's working and what's not
Recent News & Articles of Interest
America has never built so little housing per person since records began.
We haven't yet surpassed historic lows of pre-2009 *recessions*
Bringing people indoors is a vital step towards securing permanent housing; thank you Supervisor Anderson! https://t.co/SFBS20zKCl
San Diego County’s moving in a more equitable direction! Proud to have worked with @SupLawsonRemer on expanding the County’s alternatives to incarceration, and glad for @JoelAndersonCA’s leadership on new shelter capacity in East County. https://t.co/nGNix4e4pq
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The Legacy of San Diego's Racial Housing Discrimination
Redlining prevented Black, immigrant and minority homeownership in San Diego for decades
The Union-Tribune explains the lasting legacy of racist lending practices, which prevented minority home ownership and wealth generation for decades
View the actual San Diego redlining maps that designated where non-whites could live to prevent the "threat of infiltration . . . to the Caucasian race"
Jews Were Not Welcome in La Jolla
The La Jolla Light describes the extraordinary concerted effort by the La Jolla real estate community to effectively bar Jewish home ownership until the 1960s
Housing discrimination underpins the staggering wealth gap between blacks and whites
The Economic Policy Institute explains how "The median white American family has twelve times the wealth that their black counterparts have . . . Systemic, legalized housing discrimination prevented black families from having a piece of the American Dream of homeownership."
Redlining & Coastal Access Inequity
The Surfrider Foundation discusses why historic redlining still means that "communities of color often lack representation in coastal planning conversations around protections for public beach access, public infrastructure, and private homes."ere.
Explore in More Depth
Homelessness is very complicated. There are multiple causes, multiple ways to address it, and an overwhelming number of terms and acronyms to learn. Here's the beginning of a deeper dive. Let us know what additional resources or information would be helpful to increase understanding at [email protected] or on twitter @giv4sdhomeless.
What is homelessness Prevention?
The Canadian Observatory of Homelessness provides a very deep dive to understand homelessness and specifically prevention
What is a "Housing First" approach?
A 3-minute youtube video explaining five key principles of "Housing First" approach to homelessness
Housing Support Basics
Brief summaries of what Emergency Shelters, Transitional Shelters, Rapid Re-Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) mean
What is Permanent Supportive Housing?
PSH combines affordable housing assistance with voluntary support services for those experiencing chronic homelessness
What is Rapid Re-Housing?
RRH helps identify housing, provides rental and move-in assistance, and case management to quickly and effectively assist those recently experiencing homelessness
Recent research from San Diego universities
Read summaries, or link to the full articles, of recent local research supported by the Lucky Duck Foundation.