Landlords needed to help homeless


The city of San Diego plans to buy a motel in the South Bay to house many people who find themselves homeless.

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SAN DIEGO — The County of San Diego is looking for landlords who are willing to rent apartments to 130 homeless people who have the funds to pay their rent, but need to find homes.

About 100 homeless veterans received a Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing voucher from the County, and are ready to move into a home.

Thirty more people have been identified through a comprehensive program to help homeless people with serious mental illness find a place to live and receive intensive treatment services.

“We know there are landlords in the region who are willing to help the homeless, and I’m grateful to those willing to step forward,” said Chairman Ron Roberts, who, together with Supervisor Greg Cox, spearheaded the effort to establish Project One for All.

“We need homes for vulnerable men and women who have no place to live,” Cox said.

According to the 2016 Point in Time Count, there were nearly 8,700 people without a permanent home in San Diego County. Of those, 57 percent were living on the streets and the remaining were living in temporary housing. Fourteen percent of people living on the streets had serious mental health conditions.

Landlords willing to help military veterans find homes can now call or visit 2-1-1 San Diego for information. The 2-1-1 line will refer landlords to the proper jurisdiction so the service will be a benefit to all the organizations in the county who need housing for homeless vets.

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