March 15, 2021
The NAACP San Diego Branch is deeply saddened at the deaths and injuries that occurred this morning near City College, when a driver left the road and struck many unhoused human beings.
We do not know for certain the reason the vehicle left the road. We do know for certain that none of those people had to die today.
Under the Biden Administration, hotel rooms for unhoused individuals are 100% FEMA reimbursable. Our elected officials know that a majority of unhoused persons are at risk of serious complications or death from COVID because of their underlying conditions, which are exacerbated by being homeless. Those same conditions render them categorically eligible for 100% FEMA reimbursement for hotel rooms.
It is raining in San Diego – why are rooms not being used to save lives and prevent COVID complications and death? If they had been, these sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, mothers and fathers would not have been at risk from this vehicle accident.
There needs to be serious change in our priorities, and much bolder leadership from our City officials, to get people off the streets and into safe, secure housing. The money is there. Where is the leadership?
Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch
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As of July 1st, the Health and Human Services Agency has established a new department and four offices. The Department of Homeless Solutions and Equitable Communities will focus on achieving better coordination of existing and new County homeless and equitable community efforts and serve as a central point of collaboration for outside partners to ensure equity among all San Diegans and reduce homelessness in the region.
The authors of the appendix evidently hope that by asserting this figure is “conservative” they will avoid genuine scrutiny. No historical evidence has been supplied to justify this claim. No estimate of the current rate of redevelopment is provided. No compelling argument has been made that the 90% capacity will be fulfilled by 2029.
While this transaction involving public funds is shocking, it is business as usual for SDHC. The only difference with this transaction as compared to SDHC’s other transactions is the fact that the media covered it.