Housing Authorities across the country are partnering to lead efforts to end homelessness. The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) recently issued a Request for Proposals for 150 sponsor-based vouchers for homeless and chronically homeless individuals in downtown San Diego. The latest commitment of vouchers is part of the SDHC’s commitment to addressing homelessness in San Diego.
Last year, SDHC committed vouchers to Home Again’s “Project 25” program, and their commitment was matched with additional resources from the County of San Diego Health and Human Service Agency along with the United Way of San Diego. This enabled the launch of Project 25 as San Diego’s first frequent user initiative which provides services and housing to at least 25 of San Diego’s chronically homeless individuals who are among the most frequent users of public resources. One year into the program, results from the combination of long-term housing and supportive services are dramatic: total cost of public resources for project participants fell to $3.4 million in 2011 from more than $11 million in 2010; per person average was $97,437 in 2011, down from $317,904 in 2010; emergency room visits were down 77%; ambulance transports were down 72%, in-patient medical stays were down 73%, arrests were down 69% and jail days were down 43%.