Councilmember Chris Ward on the San Diego’s homeless strategic plan
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Providing housing and services that could have a major impact on San Diego’s homeless population, and preventing others from falling into homelessness is a huge undertaking.
Many critics point out that it is not the city’s responsibility to provide housing for residents.
But, the goal of the City of San Diego’s new $2 billion, 10-year plan is to do just that. Provide enough housing and services to significantly reduce homelessness and prevent others from falling into homelessness in the future.
San Diego City Councilmember Chris Ward is the Chairman of the Regional Task Force on Homelessness and he joined us in studio to talk all about the issue.
Currently, the City of San Diego spends $117 million on homelessness every year. And apparently, that’s not enough. Under this new plan, the city needs $2 billion over the next ten years.
We asked Councilmember Ward to explain to the people of San Diego where that money goes, and what adjustments can be made to the plan.