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San Diego Launches Homelessness Resource Website

The website was launched Friday by San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria's office and the city's Homelessness Strategies and Solutions Department as a one-stop shop for homelessness-related resources and information.

(TNS) — A newly launched website gives visitors updates on the city of San Diego's response to homelessness while also connecting people experiencing homelessness with resources.

The website was launched Friday by San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria's office and the city's Homelessness Strategies and Solutions Department.

"This website gives the public insight into how the city collaborates with our partners to create facilities, programs and services to help people end their homelessness," said HSSD Director Hafsa Kaka. "While this crisis is daunting, it's important for San Diegans to know there are effective approaches to getting folks off the street and into housing, and our team is pursuing them."

The "Get Assistance" section of the site contains links to the city's 2-1-1 site for information on shelters and contact information for the Mobile Crisis Response Team. The site also explains how to report encampments through the city's Get It Done app.

In a "By the numbers" section, the site gives updates on the city's homeless population and number of people being served.

The site reports as of Friday, 2,955 people had accepted outreach services in the city since Jan. 31, and 1,510 were in city-funded shelter beds as of June 6. Between July 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022, 1,267 people have been placed in housing.

The site also shows the annual count of homeless people this year found 2,307 people in shelters and 2,494 people living without shelter in the city.

A section on data and reports contains links to the Regional Task Force on Homelessness, Downtown San Diego Partnership's monthly count of homeless people and the San Diego Housing Commission's list of housing programs, shelters and outreach efforts.

"Homelessness is the top priority of my administration and I believe it's imperative that the city provide to the public information on all that we are doing to address it," Gloria said. "The city has never before had a single repository for information on the various programs and services that are funded by taxpayer dollars. This new website puts that information at their fingertips."

The City's Communications Department and Department of Information Technology Web Team collaborated with HSSD to develop the new site.

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