April 16, 2024
The homeless in downtown San Diego transfer alongside streets with their belongings. Photograph by Chris Stone

 The variety of folks in San Diego County falling into homelessness continues to outpace these exiting into housing, knowledge from the Regional Activity Pressure on Homelessness revealed Friday.

In response to the RTFH, on common, between September 2022 and October 2023, 10 folks discovered housing for each 16 individuals who skilled homelessness for the primary time. Through the earlier 12 months — September 2021 to October 2022 — 10 folks discovered housing for each 13 who skilled homelessness for the primary time.

Greater than 1,000 fewer folks skilled homelessness within the area for the primary time throughout the 12 months the information was collected in comparison with the earlier 12 months. Moreover, the variety of folks housed fell by greater than 3,000 in comparison with the 2021-2022 knowledge set, a press release from the RTFH reads.

“Housing and homelessness are immediately tied collectively, and when rental prices go up, so do the numbers of individuals experiencing homelessness,” mentioned RTFH CEO Tamera Kohler. “After we see the biggest year-over-year improve in 1Q 2023 rents for one-bedroom items of 30%, we’ll proceed to wrestle to search out inexpensive items to finish folks’s homelessness expertise.”

“Whereas this impacts our capability to deal with extra folks every month, the information reveals we could have hit our high-water mark of people starting their homeless expertise,” she mentioned. “It is a optimistic flip we want.”

RTFH started publishing studies a 12 months in the past that spotlight how many individuals enter and exit homelessness every month all through San Diego County to offer the area with a greater understanding of the homelessness disaster, the RTFH assertion reads.

“These numbers are sobering however current a case for optimism,” Kohler mentioned. “The overwhelming majority of exits from homelessness are through rental by consumer, both with or with no subsidy, moderately than everlasting supportive housing.

“If we get some stabilizing in hire costs and availability, it’ll assist, however long-term success will solely include extra houses for folks of all earnings ranges; then, we’ve received an actual likelihood to show issues round,” she mentioned. “Each new housing unit issues.”

— Metropolis Information Service