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As a leader in our community, we ask you to: Keep Our Families Strong and Healthy. Is this your image of homelessness?. The new homeless look like this. There are more than 6,200 children not sleeping in their homes tonight. They are sleeping in someone’s garage, on a friend’s couch,

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They are sleeping in someone’s garage, on a friend’s couch,

in their car, in a shelter,

or on the street.

the new face of homelessness
The New Face of Homelessness
  • 50% of all US homeless are family members
  • 40% of all US homeless are children
  • Often headed by young, single moms with limited education, making low wages
  • Highest risk are children under age of 2, and those emancipating from foster care system
increasing family homelessness
Increasing Family Homelessness
  • Loss of employment - >10%
  • Underemployment
  • Illness or injury
  • Lack of sufficient affordable housing
  • Increasing cost of living in San Diego
  • Foreclosures & bankruptcies
what does homelessness mean
What does Homelessness Mean?
  • Poor health
  • Developmental delays
  • Stress, mental health challenges
  • Family separation & divorce
  • Poor school attendance & performance
  • Lack of ability to seek and secure jobs
  • Increased # in foster care system
what does homelessness cost
What does Homelessness Cost?
  • US annual cost of sheltering families estimated $1.9 to $2.2 Billion
  • SDCounty $8 million annually
  • Increased cost to hospitals, schools and other social support systems

Shelter is not the Answer!

  • Cost of Shelter Stays by Type
  • One-time short term (75%) $11,550
  • Average 72 days (5%) $21,450
  • Average 252 days (20%) $48,440
  • Cost to shelter is 10x cost of prevention!



Stimulus Resources for Families in San Diego Region

  • $10.5 to $15M Homelessness Prevention
  • Workforce Investment Act
  • Neighborhood Stabilization
  • Community Development
  • Health & Human Services
  • $66.8M total and counting!!

Momentum on EndingFamily Homelessness

Brought elected leaders and major stakeholders together to look at issues

Facilitated collaboration on use of homeless prevention stimulus funds ($10.5 - $15 M)

Best practices nationally and locally call for a regional solution to prevent, reduce and end family/episodic homelessness


Benefit to Regional Planning

  • Increased access to services, schools, employment and housing across jurisdictions; less “shopping” for services by clients
  • Highest results with lowest cost; economies of scale in providing assistance
  • Streamline processes, enhance services, decrease duplication & cost/impact on institutions
  • Stable families generate income, sales tax revenues to support society
regional planning saves
Regional Planning Saves $$$

Hennepin County, MN reduced family homelessness by 43% 2000 – 2004, decreased length of stay in shelters by 47%


San Diego GrantmakersHomelessness Working Group

  • Philanthropic organizations - connect, educate, and inspire
  • SDG - 33 years old
  • Focused on systemic change in San Diego
  • Homelessness Working Group has two goals:
    • Support Plan to End Chronic Homelessness
    • Ensure Creation of Regional Plan to Prevent and Reduce Family/episodic Homelessness

How are SDGrantmakers members helping?

  • Convening meetings with cities and county to facilitate coordination of HPRP funds
  • Providing information and TA on best practices.
  • Meeting with elected leaders and government officials.
philanthropy as a partner
Philanthropy as a Partner

Philanthropy in San Diego small $$ compared to federal and local government resources

Collaboration required between cities to solve problems regionally, and more preventive use of homeless funding


How can you help?

  • Advocate for more affordable housing as part of your housing plan
  • Join with SDGrantmakers through SANDAG to create regional plan
  • Support efforts to keep families in their homes

Thank you!!

Barbara Mandel Pache