Chula Vista has homeless shelter crisis; State of California to send millions of dollars

CHULA VISTA (KUSI) – The Homeless Crisis in the San Diego region has finally trickled up to Sacramento. As a result of people dying in the streets from Hepatitus A, millions of dollars will be sent to the region to help out.

“Every city in Southern California has a homeless issue. This grant money will help those considered to be ‘chronic homeless’, says Gordon Walker, CEO of Regional Task Force on Homeless. Chronic homeless is anyone on the streets for more than a year.

For the first time, the City of Chula Vista will apply for some of that money. During the last homeless count, there are 367-people living on the streets of Chula Vista.

That’s not a big number, compared to San Diego with thousands of homeless people. “But if you’re the person on the streets, one person is too much”, says Walker.

As a result, cities and towns who want grant money will have to declare a “Shelter Crisis”. City leaders in Chula Vista will do just that at tonight’s council meeting.

“In order to get the money, they have to declare”, says Walker.

Right now, there is almost $19-million dollars available for the San DIego Region. Chula Vista is hoping to get a piece of the pie. The money could be used for everything from ‘rental assistance’ to “medical care”.

The homeless issue may not be overly apparent to the average observer in Chula Vista, but city leaders are getting aggressive in their efforts to help all of them.

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