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Let's Learn About Homelessness Together

Some Basics to Start Your Journey

California's homelessness crisis, and possible solutions, explained

An easy-to-read pre-pandemic article on major aspects of homelessness in California, from CalMatters - a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture

Why We Stopped Saying “Homeless People”

San Diego nonprofit Father Joe's Village explains how language changes perspectives on homelessness and can hide its causes

Stories and Portraits of San Diego Homelessness

Capturing the images and stories of San Diegans experiencing homelessness can dismantle stereotypes and bias associated with homelessness, says photographer and Humanity Shower founder Justin Verdan

Understanding Homelessness

A general introduction to understanding homelessness produced in a visually compelling way - see, in particular, the section on the wide range of reasons why someone might be homeless

Recent News & Articles of Interest

Of San Diego's unsheltered homeless:
- 10% are veterans
- 3% are families with at least 1 child
- 36% report having a physical disability
- 12% are youth under the age of 24
- 78% report becoming homeless in San Diego https://t.co/uMiFwP4sfx
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🎉 📅 Save the date for The Center’s Open House on Saturday, May 14th. Check out our newly renovated ground floor, learn about all the programs & services we provide at our Resource Fair.

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Lend a helping hand by joining Serving Seniors' World of Difference Volunteers List! 😍

Sometimes we have an urgent or immediate need for #volunteers, and we need support from community members who are ready and willing to help out.

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This message has been brought to you by Interfaith Community Services. 💙 https://t.co/M6Honwk9vh Giv4SDHomeless photo
Since 2001, Doors of Change™ has been transforming the lives of homeless youth, one young person at a time. Join us on June 30 Concert of Hope to benefit Doors of Change at the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista. https://t.co/PjiPXdx9IH https://t.co/sbvg28wxkz Giv4SDHomeless photo

The Legacy of San Diego's Racial Housing Discrimination

City of San Diego redlining map
  • Housing discrimination underpins the staggering wealth gap between blacks and whites

    The Economic Policy Institute explains how "The median white American family has twelve times the wealth that their black counterparts have . . . Systemic, legalized housing discrimination prevented black families from having a piece of the American Dream of homeownership."

  • Redlining & Coastal Access Inequity

    The Surfrider Foundation discusses why historic redlining still means that "communities of color often lack representation in coastal planning conversations around protections for public beach access, public infrastructure, and private homes."ere.

Explore in More Depth

Homelessness is very complicated. There are multiple causes, multiple ways to address it, and an overwhelming number of terms and acronyms to learn. Here's the beginning of a deeper dive. Let us know what additional resources or information would be helpful to increase understanding at hello@giv4.org or on twitter @giv4sdhomeless.

  • What is Permanent Supportive Housing?

    PSH combines affordable housing assistance with voluntary support services for those experiencing chronic homelessness

  • What is Rapid Re-Housing?

    RRH helps identify housing, provides rental and move-in assistance, and case management to quickly and effectively assist those recently experiencing homelessness

  • Recent research from San Diego universities

    Read summaries, or link to the full articles, of recent local research supported by the Lucky Duck Foundation.

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