With over 1.3 million residents, San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States and the second largest in California. With its many beaches and some of the most temperate year-round climate in the country, the city is a popular destination for tourists as well as permanent transplants from other regions. This magnetic quality has also resulted in a composition of many culturally and socioeconomically diverse communities. Home to five public and dozens of private colleges and universities, San Diego is also renowned for education and cutting-edge advances in medical, technological, and other sciences. As a very large and influential municipality that continues to expand and change, the city presents with unique challenges of scope that make innovative and sustainable approaches to growth and livability essential to its continued success.
- This report details the findings of research commissioned by the City of San Diego and carried out by student-researchers at San Diego State University on the issue of homelessness in downtown San Diego. We provide a snapshot of the perceptions of the homeless residents of the East Village neighborhood of downtown San Diego in Spring 2016. The East Village is home to a large and growing population of homeless individuals. We interviewed the homeless residents of the East Village regarding the services they access, their desire to obtain permanent housing, and their interactions with law enforcement—both the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) in general and the SDPD’s Homeless Outreach Team (HOT)., San Diego State University
- The Serial Inebriate Program (SIP) was created 16 years ago as a new and forward thinking pilot program for the City of San Diego. Its purpose has always been to help the population of homeless who are so often incapable of finding help for themselves—chronic homeless individuals who are serial inebriates. This report provides a snapshot of the progress SIP has made with the target population in conjunction with an analysis of its economic benefits. To accomplish these goals, political science students partnered with the City of San Diego and the Sage Project at San Diego State University to prepare an objective analysis of the program. Data was gathered from the San Diego Police Department, Mental Health Systems, and other agencies in order to present a snapshot of the effectiveness and efficiency of SIP. All comparisons were made between what SIP offers, in terms of treatments and costs, to the alternative of letting the target population continue without assistance. At the end of the project, we found evidence that SIP has been effective in reducing the number of homeless individuals who suffer from serial inebriation and also offers substantial cost savings to local governments., San Diego State University