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

The city is considering turning the old Central Library into a homeless shelter again. What do you think about this idea?
@voiceofsandiego https://t.co/aoGZeJhcjY
There are approximately 1,500 homeless youth currently in San Diego County. According to the @nn4youth, San Diego has the nation’s 7th largest population of unaccompanied homeless youth between the age of 16 and 24.

Help us make a difference: https://t.co/gyhxXO9cWi https://t.co/Ixr5HMiPcX
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Your donation to #giv4 allows you to be a part of the solution to #homelessness with one donation supporting 12 nonprofits ending homelessness in #SanDiego. @interfaithcs provides support to those experiencing homelessness. Visit our website to learn more! https://t.co/7kymN40Swe
#TheCenterSD is here for you as we continue to navigate the uncertainties of the pandemic!

📞 Emergency Referral Line
🏡 Critical Housing
🤝 Behavioral Health Services
🥕 Food Security
😷 Health Services
🧡 Support Groups

Call 619.692.2077 x 211 for Emergency Services. https://t.co/fF5W2VO97p
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YOU made this our BIGGEST #GivingTuesday yet! Thanks to your generous support we surpassed our $85K goal and are providing #seniors with an additional 22K meals! 💙💚

Thank you providing a #MiracleInAMeal and going above and beyond: https://t.co/lduM3NVrUi


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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