Homelessness

An imperative to provide housing first

Our public systems don’t operate in a vacuum. When they are stretched thin, it’s akin to our highway system being clogged, inefficient and slow.  Homelessness comes at the end of a long path where many systems have broken down, and small business owners see this firsthand – the toxic stress families live in as a result of lack of access to healthy food and decent and affordable housing. They have a pulse on the community,  keep tabs on its temperature, and are first to hear when a sense of malaise of fear starts settling in. 

Priority areas for the organization include:

  • Getting our toolkit into the hands of as many businesses as possible
  • Ensuring the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless (county) and the San Diego Housing Commission (city) create actionable plans
  • Supporting bond measure(s) that include clear metrics to address affordable housing shortages
  • Modifying the inclusionary affordable housing fees to promote more onsite unit development
  • Committing a publicly financed flexible funding pool to incentivize landlord participation
  • Encouraging citywide review of community planning groups’ transparency and compliance to better inform local development projects