The Changing Faces Of San Diego's Homeless

By Lindsay Hood
|  Tuesday, Oct 26, 2010  |  Updated 1:45 PM PDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
The New Homeless

Getty Images

advertisement
Photos and Videos

Homeless in San Diego

A homeless man in San Diego is very different from many others struggling to make ends meet.

Program Offers Homeless Kids Chance at Brighter Future

Experts say there are thousands of children who are homeless in San Diego County.
More Photos and Videos

Across San Diego County, more than 8500 people are suffering from homelessness, almost half live on the street. The Regional Task Force on Homelessness released its 2010 annual report on Tuesday, which says the number of homeless people in San Diego has risen 11.6 percent since 2008.

The report showed a growing trend of homeless female veterans.

One of the things we are seeing locally and across the nation is the increasing number of homeless young veterans, said Patricia Leslie with the Regional Continuum of Care Council. In particular, Leslie said the number female homeless veteran with families has had a measurable increase.

The report also shows the number of homeless seniors and families has also increased.

The percentage of homeless in San Diego County has gone up, but a lot is being done to bring these numbers down, said Rene Santiago, San Diego County’s Deputy Director of Health and Human Services.

The data used to compile the report was gathered using the Point-in Time (PIT) Count and the Annual Homeless Assessment Report.

The PIT is conducted over the course of one day. Hundreds of volunteers spanned out across San Diego County streets and shelters, between 4:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., and counted and categorizing the city's homeless population, according to RTFH.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out