I moved to this apartment 3 years ago. There was a gathering of homeless at night time in front of the Post Office and at the Post Office. I walked all over the area and did not have any problems. The homeless population in this area bounded by Broadway, 8th, G, & 9th has tripled in the past few months. The view from my patio is that of tents & people. The noise has increased simply by virtue of talking. And, there is a dog that truly loves to bark.

I have asked the City what the plan is because this is not only unhealthy for the homeless, but also for the neighborhood. I try to avoid E St. as these newcomers are much more aggressive, asking for help, taking up the entire sidewalk, etc. It is disconcerting and, for the first time since moving, I am afraid to walk through the "gauntlet".

Kevin Faulconer wrote a column which appeared in the internet, San Diego News Network on 3/31/09, where he addresses the homeless issue. He commends those who are working on this program & he cites the fact that SD has 300 permanent beds for families and 65 beds for individuals. He goes on to state that the Housing First/Housing Plus Model is outlined in the City's 10 year plan to end chronic homelessness. At this time, proposals are being sought, though no specific sites have been identified. In 2004, San Diego City & County accepted the challenge to end chronic homelessness. This was a 10 year plan as proposed by the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

The problem with this rhetoric is there is nothing to show to the citizens. And, I am confused by the request for proposals. I admit knowing very little about how this works, but it seems to me that proposals would be early on in the process. SD is at the 5 year mark.

The conclave of homeless congregating on the sidewalks, putting up tents (lots of tents in this neighborhood) contributing to pollution, most likely causing a health hazard of human waste, really needs to be dealt with NOW. This is more than a quality of life issue for those who live nearby. I am afraid to walk along E St., even during the day. There should be something the City can do & I am hoping they don't wait until someone gets hurt. This area also inspires many runs for the fire dept and paramedics.

Since this is a blog, I do not usually request a response. But I am asking Kevin Faulconer, Mayor Sanders, & anyone else who cares to please respond and let me know what can be done about this particular area of homeless persons. I do not want to be afraid to leave my apartment.

Thanking you in advance.

So long

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geofgibson April 21, 2009 @ 10:20 a.m.

The problem is every single one of the politicians does not have the balls to deal with the problem. They refuse to face the fact that there is a small minority of chronic homeless who like it that way. Whether their problem is addiction, mental illness, or they're just plain losers, they won't get their act together and quit being social parasites. Until the politicians wise up and face the fact that people have no right to impose their homelessness upon the public, nothing will change. The sad part is, the politicos refuse to respect the fact that the vast majority of responsible citizens have a right not to be assaulted by homelessness, conversely, the homeless have no right to squat on private property, neither to pollute public property with their disease. Political correctness run rampant. Welcome to the perpetual welfare state. Quit complaining and pay your taxes before we take everything else away from you. We're from the government, we're here to help (ourselves).

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ipaymyway May 7, 2009 @ 12:18 p.m.

The homeless in the area that AuntSanDiegoSpeaks about are chronic homeless. Even though there are shelter beds available, even though they could go to Alpha Project or St Vincent's and actually get help getting back on their feet, they won't. They don't want to get back on their feet. Because it is too easy to sit on your a$$ instead of be on your feet. People leave donuts by them on Saturdays, walk around handing out sack lunches, and organizations provide hot meals every day. As long as we make it easy to be lazy and homeless, guess what, they will be lazy and homeless. I know those do-gooders are getting a warm and fuzzy from "helping" these homeless people, but I wonder, do they understand the harm they are doing by fostering the encouraging their dependency?
So. What can we change? Well we could forbid free food dispensing in the areas that are very "public" where lots of people live and work, tourist areas, etc. and move it to some podunk place. Hopefully the lazy homeless will follow. Bring back the camping ban. Make them do WORK to get out of jail. Because WORK is probably the thing that will discourage them the most from arrest, and encourage them to take their lazy butts somewhere else. Because if you feed a stray dog, it will stick around.

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