Data released this week reveals thousands of people became newly homeless in San Diego last year.
San Diego saw a rush of newly homeless people last year.
About half of San Diego’s homeless population is newly homeless, according to data analyzed by the Regional Task Force on the Homeless.
The ongoing study paints a starker picture of San Diego’s homeless crisis than the annual point-in-time count, a census taken on a single morning every January.
Between last October and this September, researchers found more than 17,550 people had used homeless services – and many of them were new to the street or shelters. That’s roughly twice the number counted during this past January’s census.
And agencies who assist the homeless made nearly 10,300 new entries into a regional homeless services database meant to track those receiving help during the same period.