Downtown San Diego is a rapid growing urban metropolis with incredible bay views and spectacular vistas. It is home to nearly 30,000 residence, with a predicted population growth of 90,000 by 2030. But, with an increasing population and an unstable economy, comes an escalating poverty-stricken community as well. The homeless population in downtown San Diego has increased in recent years. Addressing homelessness in such a vibrant city is critical to the prosperity and future of San Diego. The Center City Development Corporation (CCDC) has developed a 5 year plan in hopes of significantly reducing the homeless population in downtown San Diego. The plan started on July 1st of 2011, and is scheduled to cease June 30th, 2016. CCDC plans to produce 260 new housing units. The Work Plan relies on cooperation and leadership from the Corporation’s partner agencies. A nationally recognized non-profit organization, Common Ground, was brought in to develop support and lead a Registry Week of the Downtown Homelessness Population. Common Ground seeks solutions to the homeless’s permanent housing needs. The organization counted and surveyed homeless people, resulting in the most in-depth interview of downtown’s homeless population. Of the current homelessness population, 125 were categorized as ‘most vulnerable.’ Of these 125 individuals, 86 are currently off the streets – living in housing and receiving services. It is expected that by September of 2011 all 125 ‘most vulnerable’ homeless people will be off the streets. During the next 5 years, the Work Plan estimates 1,350 new permanent supportive housing units will be needed. The corporation has produced 311 new supportive units to date with 426 under construction. 104 units per year, for the next 5 years, need to be produced in order to house all homeless people. Achieving this goal would require $36.4 million in capital funding, 5.9 million in rental subsidies, and 7.3 million per year in supportive services. The current financial resources in San Diego fall below these numbers. The downtown community has shown little resistance to the affordable housing project. The plan to end homelessness is predicted to have a positive impact on downtown business and tax revenues, while reducing financial burdens to the social service system. The corporation is to provide updates during it’s annual budgeting process measuring it’s accomplishments. Photo by James Fischer, Homeless in Sugamo 2, from Flickr CC
About Stephanie Berry
I currently work as a traveling architectural photographer for Photoweb USA and also as a part-time designer for Architectural Design Incorporated. My appreciation for design extends to architectural design, interior design, visual communication design, and experiential design.
My love of the arts began at an early age as I immersed myself in creative endeavors like painting, drawing and photography. I received a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University in Design: Interior Space Design with a minor in Art. After school I traveled the country producing photography and graphic designs while gathering inspiration from my surroundings and the people I encountered along the way.
Working with a passion for art and life I will always be drawn to exploring new avenues for ideas. In my approach I aim to create things that are fresh and unique in aesthetic while striving to unite creative disciplines cohesively.