Walter Mencken 7 p.m., Dec. 10
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
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.