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
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 Legacy of San Diego's Racial Housing Discrimination
The Union-Tribune explains the lasting legacy of racist lending practices, which prevented minority home ownership and wealth generation for decades
View the actual San Diego redlining maps that designated where non-whites could live to prevent the "threat of infiltration . . . to the Caucasian race"
The La Jolla Light describes the extraordinary concerted effort by the La Jolla real estate community to effectively bar Jewish home ownership until the 1960s
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."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter @giv4sdhomeless.
The Canadian Observatory of Homelessness provides a very deep dive to understand homelessness and specifically prevention
A 3-minute youtube video explaining five key principles of "Housing First" approach to homelessness
Brief summaries of what Emergency Shelters, Transitional Shelters, Rapid Re-Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) mean
What is Permanent Supportive Housing?
PSH combines affordable housing assistance with voluntary support services for those experiencing chronic homelessness
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.