San Diego Sees Big Jump in Homelessness

Data released by San Diego’s Regional Task Force on the Homeless reveals a 79% increase in the number of people experiencing first-time homelessness last year. The figure was 2,326 in 2019. In April through June 2020, it was 4,152. The report cited the pandemic as a primary cause.

A total of 38,023 people received housing services in 2020, according to the report. Among them were 2,530 veterans, 2,201 unaccompanied minors, 882 families, and 2,963 individuals aged 62 or older. Rapid re-housing was the only service that declined.

Black individuals continue to make up a disproportionate share of homeless people in San Diego County, and the number of unsheltered seniors is growing.

The Task Force issued points of discussion and “next steps” for the county to follow. These include addressing racial disparities, addressing the large increase in first-time homelessness, and the need for further analysis.

Read the report here.