Councilmember Chris Ward (District 3)

Securing Homelessness Funding and Resources

The Regional Continuum of Care Council secured more than $16 million of federal funds for homeless housing and services in January 2015. Several million dollars were reallocated to permanent supportive housing services, which is a proven method of keeping people from returning to the cycle of homelessness.

In November 2014, Councilmember Gloria helped announce Housing First-San Diego, the San Diego Housing Commission's (SDHC) three-year homelessness action plan to create additional affordable housing with supportive services. Housing First-San Diego will impact the lives of as many as 1,500 homeless San Diegans through the following 5-point plan:

  1. Renovates the historical Hotel Churchill to create 72 affordable studios for homeless veterans and youth aging out of the foster care system;
  2. Awards up to $30 million over the next three years to create Permanent Supportive Housing that will remain affordable for 55 years;
  3. Commits up to 1,500 federal rental housing vouchers to provide housing to homeless individuals and families.
  4. Invests up to $15 million from the federal "Moving to Work" rental assistance program to acquire a property that will set aside 2 percent of its units for Permanent Supportive Housing for homeless San Diegans; and
  5. Dedicates 25 of SDHC's own affordable units to temporarily provide furnished apartments for homeless individuals and families. SDHC is one of the first public housing agencies in the nation to commit affordable rental housing that it owns for this purpose.