Today, the Interagency Council on Homelessness released the 2018 Point-in-Time Count for the County of San Bernardino (link to release). A total of 646 homeless individuals were recorded in the City of San Bernardino, with 313 in sheltered housing and 333 unsheltered.
“Combating the growing number of homeless people in the City of San Bernardino, County and State is a critical issue that requires real action at every level of government,” said San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis. “Our city’s recent accomplishments of exiting bankruptcy, adopting a new charter and securing strong leadership has launched our recovery and renaissance as a city. Solving San Bernardino’s high rates of homelessness is critical as we move forward.”
San Bernardino’s strategy to decrease homelessness within the city is a multi-layered approach that includes one-on-one interaction and support, transitional shelters and permanent supportive housing. This year, San Bernardino adopted a Step Up model that uses the “Housing First” approach that offers permanent, affordable housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and then provides the supportive services and connections to community-based supports people need to keep their housing and avoid returning to homelessness. Step Up efforts are further supported by the San Bernardino Police Department and San Bernardino’s Quality of Life team.
“I have always appreciated those cities that have diligently worked to address their homeless population needs, and now I am encouraged to see additional cities embrace the same the role to reduce and prevent homelessness in their communities,” said San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales, chair of the Interagency Council on Homelessness. “Ultimately, aggressively working through our mayors and council members, planning commissioners, and garnering community’s support, the solution is to create a countywide strategic plan focused on meeting our homeless population’s diverse needs.”
As Step Up works with the City’s homeless individuals to create a plan out of poverty, the City’s plan for almost 500 units of transitional and permanent housing units offer long-term solutions.
“We know that housing the homeless residents in our community will take a great deal of time and effort, but the City of San Bernardino is willing as it’s vital to our recovery and future,” said Mayor Davis. “We will have the ability to offer long-term housing solutions, however a call must be made to all cities to serve those within their city limits, which cannot include transporting them to neighboring communities. Lastly, state policies must be also reviewed as AB 109 is negatively impacting our community and homeless population.”
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