May 12 at 12:59pm

25 Cities San Diego – North County wraps first 100 days

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25 Cities North San Diego County, Setting a Path to ZERO – the local arm of a federal initiative and national campaign dovetailing efforts to end veteran and chronic homelessness – today announced the results of the initiative’s first 100 days in action within the North County region.

“While we’re thrilled by the progress we’ve made thus far, there is still a lot of work to be done to end homelessness in the North County Region,” said Greg Anglea, Executive Director of Interfaith Community Services and President-Elect of the Alliance for Regional Solutions.

25 Cities launched in North San Diego County in January 2015 with two goals for the first 100 days in mind: 1) build a Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement (CAHP) System that best addresses homelessness and 2) make an immediate impact on the community by placing individuals and families experiencing homelessness into their own housing.

At the conclusion of the first 100 days in North San Diego County, Anglea says the group has exceeded expectations, assessing 323 homeless individuals experiencing homelessness, connecting 123 individuals to housing resources, and managing to find permanent housing for 21 individuals; the group originally aimed to asses 250 individuals and connect 107 to housing resources. Of those assessed, 27% individuals were veterans, 19% were seniors, and 63% were classified as chronically homeless.

While the group is proud of their accomplishments, they note that the 21 individuals housed falls short of their original goal of permanently housing 40 individuals or families – something Anglea attributes to a shortage of rental properties.

“The first 100 days of the 25 Cities initiative revealed critical gaps in the CAHP system in North County,” said Anglea. “A shortage in participating rental properties kept us from housing the number of individuals and families we had hoped. We have the resources to move individuals into their own homes, but we do not have enough homes to move them into.”

The Alliance for Regional Solutions (ARS) – a coalition of North San Diego County social service agencies, municipalities, the county, United Way of San Diego County, educational entities, healthcare providers, other agencies and philanthropic bodies – is managing the initiative with help from 25 Cities’ additional public and private partners. Interfaith Community Services leads on-the-ground efforts to establish a coordinated path to ending the cycle of homelessness in North County and serves as the fiscal agent for the Alliance for Regional Solutions. Key public partners in this initiative also include the Department of Veterans Affairs, County of San Diego, as well as all nine North County municipalities.

25 Cities San Diego initially launched downtown in June 2014.   As a result of the initiative’s initial success, in November 2014 San Diego was selected, along with 68 other U.S. communities, to participate in Zero: 2016, a national campaign to end veteran and chronic homelessness. Since then, the efforts have been working in tandem, both in San Diego and North San Diego County, and the initiative has been renamed 25 Cities San Diego, Setting a Path to ZERO.

The complete results of 25 Cities efforts in North San Diego County will be revealed at the 100 Day Celebration Event on May 20th, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at North Coast Church, 1451 Montiel Road, Escondido, CA 92026. For more information and to R.S.V.P. for this event, please contact Megan Dunn, Project Manager – 25 Cities North County, at mdunn@interfaithservices.org or (619) 818-1242.

For more information on 25 Cities San Diego’s North County efforts, please click here.