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Shamrocks and Shipwrecks

Grading San Diego’s political will and efficacy around homelessness

We believe homelessness is the region’s most urgent ongoing issue, requiring thoughtful, decisive and timely action and most importantly political will.  

We have established this scoring system in order to publicly highlight tangible, positive action and to call out shortcomings of elected leaders for addressing homelessness throughout San Diego County.  It is compiled and organized by the Lucky Duck Foundation, which meets weekly to follow facts, collaborate with and survive generations of politicians, and apply sound business principles to fund, activate and lead high-impact programs designed to immediately help those suffering from homelessness.

The purpose is to showcase what is working so it can be replicated, and what is not working so it can be corrected or avoided. Strong actions that drive progress will earn “Shamrocks,” while ineffectiveness and inaction will earn “Shipwrecks.”

In special cases, we are awarding a Shamrock to non-profit organizations, businesses or individuals that demonstrate meaningful innovation, collaboration and progress in support of San Diego’s unhoused neighbors. Programs and initiatives that have the potential for scale and replication will receive additional consideration.

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Your recurring gift will support high-impact and immediate strategies to help youth overcome homelessness. From Job training and employment for youth to laptops to help connect to help connect to educational and employment opportunities. Your donation will support the areas of greatest and most immediate need.

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Makayla Scott

Peer Mentor, Promises2Kids
As an African American first-generation college graduate, I recently earned my Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning Management and Design. Despite facing the challenges of homelessness and balancing motherhood, I have persevered and am committed to using my experiences to advocate for better urban planning and support for vulnerable communities.”