The San Diego region has a history of working together across sectors, and this collaboration is yielding innovative solutions.
For example, the U.S. Navy is working with Lincoln Property Company, a real estate development and management firm, to provide premier military housing, and the San Diego Military Advisory Council is exploring solutions, such as greater housing density and land swaps, with area cities and the county.
Ron Roberts, Supervisor of San Diego County, explained that the problem of homelessness is exacerbated because of the high cost of housing in the region. San Diego has the fourth-highest homeless population in the country yet currently has only 42 beds for every 100 homeless persons.
Mary Lydon, Executive Director of Housing You Matters, talked about innovation and the need to move nimbly. San Diego recently created a homelessness registry to help organizations react quickly when services become available for an individual. Other innovations being explored by leadership include housing placed on church properties and new policies to support small houses and co-housing.
While officials acknowledge they will never completely solve the homelessness issue, they said it can be managed in a way that improves many lives.