San Diego County’s Homelessness Epidemic
• More than 5,600 people living on the street unsheltered
• 9,160 homeless countywide, both sheltered and unsheltered
• Including 1,600 members of homeless families with children
• Homeless population in San Diego city and county is the fourth largest in the country
Hepatitis A Outbreak
• The virus already killed 20 people in San Diego in 2017
• More than 560 cases with more than 360 people hospitalized
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 December 2017, there have been more than 560 cases with 20 deaths.