The Lucky Duck Foundation is committed to raising awareness and funds to help alleviate the homelessness epidemic in San Diego County; and providing support and relief from harsh conditions to the thousands of homeless individuals and families living on our streets.

San Diego County’s Homelessness Epidemic

San Diego County has one of the nations’ fastest growing populations, and unfortunately also has a rapidly increasing homeless situation, escalating in 2017 to 5,621 people living on the street unsheltered.  Countywide, there were 9,116 homeless, both sheltered and unsheltered.  Of those, 1,276 were located downtown – a skyrocketing 27% increase, with a 68% increase of street homelessness – tents and hand built structures.  The rapid growth of the homeless population in downtown San Diego has been attributed to many reasons, including being a homeless hub (the regional headquarters for homeless services); the approval of the Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative (Prop. 47); chronic disability; temperate climates, and a shortage of affordable housing. In addition to the high numbers, the homeless situation also has been considered a crisis due to a deadly hepatitis A outbreak.  As of October 2017, there have been 481 cases with 17 deaths. Homelessness is San Diego’s number-one social service issue right now.

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