Emergency Bridge Housing Communities

A state law allowing emergency sleeping cabins for San Jose
could work for San Diego too!

On September 27, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2176 into law, authored by Assembly Member Nora Campos.  The bill first passed on the Assembly Floor on August 30 by a vote of 73-0 and then in the Senate by a vote of 39-0. Effective January 1, 2017, the bill amends the California Shelter Crisis Act (Govt. Code §§8698 – 8698.3) to authorize a five year pilot program in the City of San Jose.  The city must first declare a shelter crisis, as defined by Govt. C. §8698(d).  Then, the City may create an emergency bridge housing community, as defined in Govt. C. §8698(e), for the homeless, which includes temporary housing in new or existing structures on City-owned or City-leased property.

 

A way to change this:

San Diego Encampment - photo by N. Lovell

To this:

A similar amendment to the Shelter Crisis Act for San Diego County or the City of San Diego could provide immediate relief for many of the 5,000 un-sheltered individuals in San Diego. What’s more, by giving preference to families with children, elderly persons, and disabled persons, the City and/or County would be providing greater safety, affordable options, and a pathway to permanent housing to our most vulnerable populations.  Read the full document here:   SanJoseSolution-V5.docx

 

Where?

Here is an interactive map prepared by UCSD to show all of the vacant lots in San Diego County that could be used for community gardens. Similarly, many of these sites can be used for Emergency Bridge Housing Communities with I-Wood Sleeping Cabins

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