A hoped-for plan to kick off a pilot safe campground for unhoused seniors this month is off.
The Housing Commission had hoped to proceed this month with a plan that downtown advocates have rallied behind to allow 40 unsheltered San Diegans to set up camp in a downtown parking lot backed with services and amenities.
But our Lisa Halverstadt reveals that those plans fell apart last week when nonprofit Alpha Project exited contract negotiations with the Housing Commission, leaving the city without a provider to oversee the project.
Housing Commission Chairman Mitch Mitchell said the city agency remains committed to the concept some have deemed safe villages and now expects to seek out both larger sites and service providers. He also said he and the agency are committed to try to move quickly to deliver more options for unhoused residents at a time when homelessness is surging.
ICYMI, there is one new homeless service project expected to move forward this month. Halverstadt appeared on KPBS Midday Edition last week to discuss the city’s plan to begin temporarily sheltering up to 26 unhoused residents in its old Central Library later this month.
Politics Report: Some Things the Mayor Might Say
San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria will give his third State of the City speech Wednesday and it will be the first one as the official mayor in front of a crowd.
On a related note… This week on the VOSD Podcast, hosts Scott Lewis, Andrew Keatts and Andrea Lopez-Villafaña look back at State of the City addresses past. Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts.
Also … The latest monthly homeless census by the Downtown San Diego Partnership, a downtown business group that has been the foremost champion of the safe village concept, documented a record 1,839 unsheltered residents staying downtown and in its outskirts. The group also tallied a record 671 tents during its Dec. 29 count.
In Other News
- The Union-Tribune reports that SeaWorld has yet to pay $9.7 million in back rent to the city of San Diego. The theme park company is the only city lessee in default of its rent from 2020.
- A San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Friday on suspicion of drug crimes and burglary. (Times of San Diego)
The Morning Report was written by Lisa Halverstadt and Andrea Lopez-Villafaña.