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Monday, Apr 14, 2014 - Last Blog on Earth | News

Faulconer's budget plan includes $1.9 million for homelessness

Money will go to enhanced outreach services, storage facility and

By Kelly Davis
toddgloria2014vertical Todd Gloria announces homeless-services funding
- Photo by Kelly Davis
In early February, interim Mayor Todd Gloria announced a plan to reallocate the $1.9 million former Mayor Bob Filner set aside to keep the city's two homeless shelters open year-round. The money would still go to homeless services programs, Gloria said, just not entirely to the shelter.

Unknown was whether Kevin Faulconer, who was elected mayor on Feb. 11, would include the full $1.9 million in the 2015 budget. In March, Matt Awbrey, Faulconer's communications director, told me via email:

Homeless services are a budget priority for Mayor Faulconer. Because the fiscal year 2015 City budget is still being developed, it's premature to say whether the budget proposal will be exactly the same as the Council President's, but because Mayor Faulconer supports funding homeless programs that help San Diego secure more federal funding and focus on long-term rehabilitation and care, it is reasonable to expect there will be more similarities than differences.

Faulconer released his spending plan today and it includes Gloria's full $1.9-million proposal. The City Council will still need to approve the budget.

The biggest chunk of the money, $800,000, will go to the city's winter shelter and provide enhanced case-management services. This month, after being open for 17 months, the adult shelter in Barrio Logan and the veterans tent in Sports Arena will close and revert back to their traditional November through April schedule, temporarily reducing the city's already low number of emergency shelter beds by 370. 

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How the $1.9 million breaks down:

$800,000: Covers four months of shelter operations, plus additional case-management services

$400,000: Helps fund a countywide coordinated intake and assessment system, as required by federal law, that would track people as they move off the street and through programs

$120,000: Restores a funding cut to the San Diego Police Department’s Serial Inebriate Program, which puts homeless chronic alcoholics into treatment rather than jail

$80,000: Pays for additional services at the Neil Good Day Center in East Village

$40,000: Helps fund the San Diego Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team

$150,000: Covers operating costs for the Homeless Transitional Storage Facility, where people can store their belongings

$300,000: Closes a funding gap for Connections Housing


Write to kellyd@sdcitybeat.com.

 
 
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