Policies that govern how the city will intend to handle homeless encampments and unsheltered people’s belongings. This is according to San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria on Monday. It would be great if the homeless population got more respect and places to live with dignity.
Providing transparency and consistency to reduce the negative impacts of city sidewalk-cleanup activities are the changes that will be implemented. These involve people experiencing homelessness.
Communicable Disease Outbreak
“With compassion and respecting the dignity of the homeless population, we have to weigh it out with the city’s obligation to make sure we don’t have another communicable disease outbreak like hepatitis A. This would be among our homeless population,” Glorida said.
Solutions for Housing and Services
“Every day, as we work on solutions, that connect to folks to permanent housing, shelter, and supportive services. Moreover, these changes do apply a measure of respect and compassion. They, will in fact, reduce the trauma for those San Diegans experiencing homelessness.”
Policies: City’s Unsheltered Population
In 2017, there was a hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego. This resulted in 20 deaths among the city’s unsheltered population. Moreover, the city has an obligation to make sure its sidewalks are clean to protect against future public health threats. Outbreaks of typhus and other infectious diseases are due to unsanitary conditions in encampments.
Policies: Compassionate Approach
Moreover, Gloria said he has determined to use a compassionate approach to keep the public right-of-way clean. This provides less uncertainty for unsheltered individuals.
The changes, most of which are already in effect, include Inclement weather. Such as rain, hail or extreme cold would suspend cleanups and their ensuing enforcement. In addition, suspension of cleanups at night. This is an easier way to get personal items removed during cleanups. The city crews store items that may have personal value. These items include jewelry, photos, identification or legal documents, and they offer detailed instructions for how to get those items.