Project One for All, the county’s commitment to house 1,250 of the most vulnerable homeless San Diegans, has helped get dozens off the streets and drawn praise from even some of the most skeptical local advocates. But the much-celebrated initiative has hit some snags in its early months. Confusion has sometimes plagued its implementation.
It’s one of San Diego’s most overwhelming challenges: What to do about homeless folks who abruptly scream at strangers or openly suffer with debilitating depression – yet seem unwilling to seek help.
San Diego County officials responded to that particular part of the homelessness dilemma with a major program that aims to treat and house hundreds of these vulnerable San Diegans
A year ago, county supervisors pledged to try to move 1,250 homeless San Diegans with serious mental illnesses into new apartments over the next few years.
County supervisors promised to treat and provide supportive services to hundreds of people and work with cities across the region to subsidize their rent.
It was a significant commitment. Advocates have long criticized the county for not doing enough to address the region’s growing crisis.