February 5 at 12:17pm

Update: 25 Cities North County goals

25cities1-300x127In January 2015, more than 100 local policymakers, staff and volunteers gathered for the launch of the 25 Cities initiative in North County San Diego. Coordinated by the Alliance for Regional Solutions, a collaboration that includes the partnership of over 30 community organizations, including Interfaith Community Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the County of San Diego, as well as all nine North County municipalities, the effort combines resources to establish a coordinated path to ending the cycle of homelessness in North County.

The launch event held January 14th in Escondido, included presentations from Greg Anglea, Executive Director of Interfaith Community Services, County Supervisor Dave Roberts, County Supervisor Bill Horn, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, and more. Afterwards, members of the 25 Cities San Diego Design Team, led by Filipa Rios, met in breakout sessions to determine the goals of the North County initiative.

Before implementing 25 Cities North County, the pipeline to house chronically homeless individuals has been disjointed and confusing for clients. Currently, each organization has their own assessment tools and programs to house individuals in need.

The goal of the 25 Cities North County Community Design Team is to build a coordinated assessment and housing placement system in North County San Diego and test its efficacy by permanently housing 40 chronically homeless and Veteran individuals and/or households. The initiative will create a streamlined and more effective way to place chronically homeless individuals and veterans will be created, getting those in need off the streets and into stable housing.

While goals have been set, community support is critical to the success of ending homelessness in North County. There are three ways community members can help 25 Cities North County:

  • Donate: Provide a donation to support the move-in costs for hard-working homeless individuals and families who have an income, but can’t afford the initial expense of a security deposit and first-month’s rent.
  • Create: Welcome Home Kits help the homeless get started in the new home. An empty apartment is not a home. Items needed include furniture, cookware, appliances, bedding and bath supplies.
  • Lease: Landlords can commit to breaking the cycle of homelessness by renting available market-rate apartments to formerly homeless individuals and families. Apartments are needed throughout North County.

Fore more information on 25 Cities San Diego’s work in North County, please contact Greg Anglea, Executive Director of Interfaith Community Services by email at GAnglea@interfaithservices.org, or by calling (760) 489.6380.