Week Long Homelessness Event to find homes for 50 homeless.

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09/19/2010 - 8:00am
09/23/2010 - 1:00pm
San Diego Partnership

Dear San Diego Civic Leader:
The Downtown San Diego Partnership will be helping to address the serious issue of chronic homelessness the week of September 19, 2010.
The Partnership has teamed up with the nationally renowned organization Common Ground and its 100,000 Homes Campaign to survey and create a registry of homeless people on the
streets downtown. Local partners in this effort include the United Way, the San Diego Housing Commission and the Centre City Development Corporation.
The registry data will be analyzed and prioritized, matching those in the greatest need to housing. Our goal is to directly assist in getting the most vulnerable individuals into
permanent housing with necessary social services to support their individual needs. The Regional Task Force on the Homeless’ 2010 Report indicates that more than 800 people are living on our streets downtown. Many believe that number is higher now. We also believe that nearly 40% of those on the streets could be U.S military veterans. San Diegans are proud of our history as a military town and this is a sad situation that we need and intend to change in our community.
We are pleased that both the County and the City of San Diego are stepping forward to help along with the local office of the U.S. Veterans Administration and many of our nonprofit social service providers who are experts at working with the chronic homeless. Our strength is in our partnerships and our clear focus to make a difference in downtown San Diego. Our region has a Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, which was painstakingly
prepared by the United Way in 2006. Our work will seek to implement that plan in the most impacted area in the region – downtown San Diego. During the week of September 19 we will be training almost 150 community members and civic leaders to go out before dawn on three consecutive days to survey and talk with homeless individuals. We will use what we learn to identify the most vulnerable and help them get into housing in the weeks and months following our project.
The structure needed to support a week of outreach is substantial. We have a number of needs that you’ll see reflected in the information accompanying this appeal. Please take a look at the enclosed packet and consider joining or supporting our efforts.
We also hope you will consider joining us for the community brief-back on Friday, September 24, from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to hear our report. More information about the brief-back is contained in the accompanying information.
We believe it’s time to address this critical issue for our community. We ask for your
Shirley Horton, CEO
Downtown Partnership

Bob Morris, Chair
Social Issues Committee, Downtown Partnership