Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer announced the number of people living on City of San Diego streets dropped by 12 percent in 2020.
“This year’s count shows a dramatic reduction in the number of people living outdoors, and that San Diego is continuing to lead with real solutions to this statewide crisis,” Mayor Faulconer said.
“Since the count and in response to COVID-19, hundreds more who were living on the streets have found shelter in the San Diego Convention Center and we enacted an eviction moratorium to help prevent folks from losing their home in the first place. We will keep working day and night to overcome this pandemic and help even more people find shelter and housing in the process,” he added.
Approximately 2,283 individuals were unsheltered, a 12 percent reduction compared to the 2,600 people counted last year. Unsheltered individuals are the most visible segment of the homeless population and include those who traditionally can be the hardest to shelter and house, said the Office of the Mayor in a statement.
In total, 4,887 individuals were experiencing homelessness in the City of San Diego according to the 2020 count, a 4 percent reduction when compared to the 5,082 individuals counted last year.
That figure includes a 5 percent increase in the number of people in shelters and transitional housing, a positive sign that indicates more are being connected to supportive services that help to end the cycle of homelessness.
San Diego County was the only major Continuum of Care jurisdiction in California that saw a drop in homelessness in 2019, a trend that continued this year with another decrease of 6 percent in the region, said the statement.
The City has taken steps in response to the coronavirus pandemic to continue to reduce homelessness during the crisis, including enacting a temporary eviction moratorium and sheltering in the San Diego Convention Center hundreds of additional individuals who were living outdoors.