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San Diego Homeless Assessment - PATH

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PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) conducted a survey of the homeless in downtown San Diego. Results are shared in areas of demographics, personal history, access to services, and more.

PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) conducted a survey of the homeless in downtown San Diego. Results are shared in areas of demographics, personal history, access to services, and more.


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  • 1. © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010 Downtown San Diego Homeless Assessment Core Area
  • 2. Project Overview
    • PATH typically conducts surveys in the communities in which it serves in order to assess the neighborhood and design housing strategies.
    • PATH Street Outreach Team and SDPD Homeless Outreach Team conducted surveys in Downtown San Diego on May 17 th and 18 th .
    • Surveys used contained 36 questions identifying key factors determining homelessness in the area.
    • The PATH Outreach Team offered $5 Subway gift cards as an incentive for their cooperation.
    © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010
  • 3. Project Overview – Team Picture © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010
  • 4. Interview Methodology
    • 3 or more team members, made up of PATH Outreach Staff and San Diego Police Department Homeless Outreach Team
    • Covered designated boundaries within downtown area – the Core Area.
    • Counted sectors on first day and conducted surveys on the second
    • Asked each person encountered to participate
    © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010
  • 5. Core Area Homeless Count © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010 Red = 1 Person Yellow = 2-4 Persons Green = 5-8 Persons House = Encampment, tents. (unknown number of persons) Actual count at 5:00 AM May 17, 2010 Actual: 246 People Assessment: 275-300 Persons
  • 6. Interview Questions
    • Demographics
    • Health Risk Indicators
    • Institutional History (prison, foster care, medical)
    • Employment, Benefits, and Citizenship
    • Alcohol & Drug usage
    • Questions specific to the San Diego Area
    © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010
  • 7. Interview Results
    • 43 interviews attempted
    • 38 interviews completed (15.4% of total population in Core Area)
    • 5 refusals due to varying factors
    © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010
  • 8. Interview Results
    • 50% of those surveyed have only been homeless in the City of San Diego
    • Average length of time in San Diego: 19 years.
    • 92% responded that they normally sleep in Downtown San Diego
    © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010
  • 9. What cities have you been homeless in? © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010
  • 10. Length of Homelessness © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010 Longest Length of Homelessness = 20 years Average length= 3.85 years
  • 11. High needs population
    • 66% report a serious health condition; 45% with no health insurance.
    • 42% abuse drugs and alcohol.
    • 50% dealing with mental health conditions
    © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010
  • 12. Serious Health Condition © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010
  • 13. Health Insurance © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010
  • 14. Health Services Utilized © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010
  • 15. Mental Health Issues © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010 (Self-reported responses from the population surveyed.)
  • 16. Age © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010 Average Age is 43 years old (National avg lifespan for homeless person is 55 yrs) Ages ranged from 18 - 66
  • 17. Race and Ethnicity © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010
  • 18. Gender © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010
  • 19. Circumstances leading to Homelessness © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010
  • 20. Veterans © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010 Of the 8 veterans surveyed (21% of total), 6 were discharged honorably.
  • 21. Incarcerated in Jail © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010
  • 22. Incarcerated in Prison (Felony criminal record) © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010 Average time spent in prison = 8 years
  • 23. History of Foster Care © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010 Note: Average across other cities assessed by PATH approx 9%
  • 24. Income Source © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010
  • 25. Income Earned Per Month © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010
  • 26. Access to Homeless Agencies © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010
  • 27. Access to Public Services © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010
  • 28. Key Findings in the Core Area
    • The majority are chronically homeless (Avg 4 years on the streets)
    • Population indigenous to San Diego (19 yrs in SD, either housed or homeless)
    • 32% have family members in SD
    • People are staying within the Core Area
    • People in the Core Area are more housing-ready than others. (45% are eligible for subsidized housing immediately)
    • Majority have high needs (health & mental health)
    • 45% are women
    © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010
  • 29. A Special Thank-You to:
    • San Diego Police Department Homeless Outreach Team
    • ALPHA Project Outreach Team
    © People Assisting The Homeless May 2010