Homeless Blog

Yeah, that’s what this is, a homeless blog.  No wait, it’s  a blog about homelessness, sort of.  These things we call blogs can be all sorts of things, depending on the writer.  If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that this blog is equal parts homeless advocacy, personal diary, political soapbox, and web-log.   That’s one of the very freeing things about having one’s own space on the internet, you can make it be any ol’ thing you want it to be, and it doesn’t have to conform to anyone else’s standards but your own.  That rates an “Awesome” in my book.

Sure, I’ve spend most of my time on this blog talking about things related to homelessness, but that’s cause I wanted to, and I still want to, and I will.  Nothing’s really changed except that I haven’t posted here in a while.  I’ve been more focused on trying to create a podcast version of this blog, that I’ve kinda ignored it.

But there are some things to write about here.  Since it’s going to take a while still before the podcast is up and running full speed, I’ll keep posting here too, the old fashioned way of writing.

The city of San Diego seems to be moving forward in it’s quest to reduce the homeless population here. At this point all we have are press releases and news conferences about future plans, but if they actually go forward with these plans, then some good things are likely to happen. I’m no a new waiting list for housing assistance through the VA.  Keep your fingers crossed on that account.  More funding and more incentives are being created for organizations to move from trying to solve every last problem the homeless exhibit, to just housing them instead.  When you think about it, every person who has a home has personal problems, so why should being free of all personal problems be required of the homeless before getting them back into a home of their own?  First get homeless people into a decent housing situation, then they’ll be in a better position to deal with their personal problems. On San Diego’s housing commission website, I found this…

Housing First–San Diego, the San Diego Housing Commission’s (SDHC) three-year homelessness action plan to create additional affordable housing with supportive services, will impact the lives of as many as 1,500 homeless San Diegans.
Downtown San Diego’s former Hotel Churchill, which is part of Housing First-San Diego, was the backdrop for the joint announcement of the plan by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Council President Todd Gloria and SDHC President & CEO Richard C. Gentry, which was attended by partners, working together to end homelessness. Read the news release.
Developed by SDHC and in collaboration with partners, Housing First–San Diego:  
  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 20 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. Email us at: HousingFirstSanDiego@sdhc.org 

About Kevin Barbieux

I have been diagnosed as being chronically homeless. I write about my experiences and opinions of being homeless
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