Our friends at NBC 7 San Diego and I put together an episode of “San Diego Explained” about the numbers of people who are homeless here and how that helps put relief efforts in context. We stopped by the downtown winter tent shelter and went over to the new permanent center, Connections Housing, opening soon. And we heard from Dania Brett, who’s overseeing Friday’s homeless census for the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, about what the count tells us.

Here’s the clip:

Here’s more information about the issues we discussed:

• What goes into San Diego’s annual homeless count

• Estimates for how many people are sleeping unsheltered downtown, broken out by neighborhood

• What is the new Connections Housing facility and why is it not a cure-all?

I’m Kelly Bennett, reporter for Voice of San Diego. You can reach me directly at kelly.bennett@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0531.

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Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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