Real Estate & Area News

La Jolla's Homeless Population Doubled from 2015

According to a recent report from the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, the number of people living on La Jolla's streets doubled to 41 this year from just 20 a year ago. The report resulted from a late-January project in which hundreds of volunteers scoured some 4,000 square miles of San Diego County in order to illustrate how many homeless lived in the area. The report showed a slight decrease in county-wide homelessness, which slid 1 percent to 8,692, though that number includes homeless persons living in transitional housing. The number of unsheltered homeless people, meanwhile, rose 18.9 percent form last year to 4,940.

La Jolla wasn't the only Southland community where homelessness rose sharply, as Escondido, Oceanside and Santee also saw sharp rises. Other cities saw declines in unsheltered homeless persons, such as Encinitas, Imperial Beach and Lemon Grove. Local officials are transitioning their efforts in tackling the homeless problem from existing transitional housing programs to a new federal program aimed at providing homeless people with permanent housing as quickly as possible. Insiders say this is driving a rise in unsheltered homeless numbers because the new program is bleeding money out of transitional housing programs.

As for La Jolla's homeless population, many are retired vets who live in the city to be close to the VA hospital on La Jolla Village Drive. Of course, La Jolla has also become popular among panhandling homeless people because of the large amount of traffic that goes through the city every day.

August 8, 2016