In 2010, community stakeholders began meeting in cross sector discussions, under the auspices of the San Diego Grantmakers Homelessness Working Group’s Keys to Housing: Ending Family Homelessness initiative to develop a regional vision and strategies to combat this growing concern. Regional approach is the key word. Family homelessness exists in every corner of our county. It affects and is affected by employment, income levels and disparities, housing costs and inventory, healthcare access, education, and food supply.
Solving and ending family homelessness is within our reach. And it is less expensive to prevent family homelessness than the cost of the status quo. But until we adopt a regional vision to end family homelessness and agree to each take an active role in solving the issue, we will not see sustainable change on those outcomes we most value.
The Keys to Housing Advisory Council of elected leaders, chaired by Todd Gloria, San Diego City Council member and the Steering Committee of broad-based community stakeholders, met regularly to develop a shared vision and set of strategies to help our region eradicate family homelessness.