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For years, San Diego politicians touted subsidized permanent supportive housing as the gold standard solution to end homelessness.
But not every homeless San Diegan requires that level of services and aid. Regional data on San Diegans who exited homelessness in the past year shows many ultimately did so without subsidized housing or ongoing aid.
Our Lisa Halverstadt reports that a majority of San Diegans who transitioned out of homelessness ended up renting their own unsubsidized homes.
Regional Task Force CEO Tamera Kohler told Halverstadt that the numbers underscore the fact that many who fall into homelessness need “just a little bit of assistance” to move back into homes.
The numbers also speak to other realities, including a shortage of permanent supportive housing, vouchers and other resources – and an increasing focus across the county on a broader array of solutions to help San Diegans grappling with housing insecurity and homelessness.
Service providers also told Halverstadt they often nudge their clients to try to find homes they can rent on their own rather than wait for subsidized housing that an Alpha Project manager described as “almost like winning the lottery.”
A Parent’s Guide to Pre-Enrolling Their 4-Year-Olds in School
San Diego Unified’s universal transitional kindergarten program is a new grade created by the state for 4-year-olds and the district hopes it can help combat the long-term trend of enrollment decline. But even given that hope, the process of enrolling a child in UTK has been confusing for some parents. So, we compiled a guide of some of the most important things to know.
Here are some highlights
- All children born between Sept. 2, 2018, and Sept. 1, 2019, and who live within district boundaries are eligible to enroll in San Diego Unified’s UTK program in the 2023-2024 school year.
- UTK runs five days a week for six hours a day, though most schools have one short day a week. The exact schedule varies from school to school.
- The pre-enrollment period for UTK runs from Feb.1 to Feb. 28.
- Almost every single elementary or K-8 school in the district offers UTK.
- San Diego Unified offers free before and after-school care options, but space is limited.
- Space at neighborhood schools is limited, so pre-enrollment is important. That being said, last year all children who applied were offered enrollment. Just not necessarily at their neighborhood school.
Politics Report: Would You Rather … Have a New City Hall or New Civic Center
There could be a division brewing about how the city should go about rebuilding its civic center. Already the San Diego City Council tapped the brakes on a plan to build a new City Hall because of reservations about process and timing.
But the Politics Report suspects there is a much deeper division brewing. Would city leaders rather have a new City Hall and sell the rest of the land (an option that’s viewed by some as the quickest) or approach this project as a “once in a lifetime chance to do something special” that would be significant for generations to come?
The Politics Report writes that the City Council and mayor will have to wrestle with those questions as they continue their efforts.
Big city numbers: Stats at last week’s State of the City speech are difficult to take in unless they are placed next to the city’s historic performance, or performance of other large cities, because they don’t tell the whole story. The Politics Report breaks down some numbers from the mayor’s speech.
Also: Things aren’t going well at SANDAG.
VOSD Podcast: In our latest episode, hosts Scott Lewis, Andrew Keatts and Andrea Lopez-Villafaña chat about the possibility of having a new San Diego Special with the planned redevelopment of City Hall. The crew also shares their hot takes on Mayor Todd Gloria’s State of the City speech.
In Other News
- A developer is proposing to give Chula Vista a skyline. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- San Diego’s street vending ordinance has gone into effect in the city’s beach communities. The city plans to spend a few weeks educating vendors on the rules, before enforcing the law that prohibits sales in the area. (KPBS)
- The rain this weekend wreaked havoc locally. Voice of San Diego’s multimedia journalist Ariana Drehsler traveled to San Ysidro and found ranchers scrambling to move their horses to safety amid flooding. See her photos here. Several people were rescued from their flooded vehicles. Two children died and several were injured in Tijuana after a house was swept away by a mudslide. And thousands of homes in San Diego were left without power because of strong winds. (NBC7, Fox5)
The Morning Report was written by Lisa Halverstadt, Jakob McWhinney and Andrea Lopez-Villafaña. It was edited by Andrea Lopez-Villafaña.