City Council candidate Chris Ward claimed 1,500 available beds went unused during last year’s homeless count. But the numbers he’s citing oversimplify the situation.
Statement: “A report on utilization rates of San Diego’s more than 100 service providers in 2015 demonstrated approximately 1,500 beds were not filled during the annual census. This represents about 30 percent of the unsheltered homeless at the same time,” District 3 City Council candidate Chris Ward wrote.
Thousands of San Diegans live on the street, and City Council candidate Chris Ward promises to push nonprofits that serve the homeless to “better utilize existing resources to improve efficiency and get people off our streets.”
Ward, who’s vying to represent the Council district that’s home to the region’s most concentrated homeless population, claimed in a policy paper released last month that more than a thousand available beds went unused during last year’s homeless count.
It implied that we could get 30 percent of the homeless population into shelter if things just ran better. But he oversimplified the situation.