Government and community must work together to resolve the problem
The San Jose Homeless Census and Survey estimated homelessness at 40% from 2017 to 2019.
After the New Year begins, what can San Jose do to make sure these percentages don’t rise every year?
San Jose’s mission should be focused on protecting those in need, especially now at a time when a virus is spreading rapidly.
There are two existing facilities open since the pandemic, the Plaza Hotel with 20 beds and the Bridge Housing Mabury with 10 beds.
According to the San Jose Spotlight, a nonprofit news organization, “The San Jose City Council unanimously approved a $ 11.3 million spending plan on Jan. 12 for its Homeless, Housing, Relief and Prevention program, which provides homeless assistance and protection services all over the city. “
With this plan, the nonprofit news organization quoted assistant housing director Ragan Henninger as saying, “The money will be used to run affordable, temporary, emergency, supportive housing areas and quick relocation areas for families and RV programs.”
It is critical that the city include people who have been homeless for years and who have only recently become homeless due to COVID.
“According to Henninger, the city has completed almost two more emergency shelters in Evans Lane and Rue Ferrari to provide 228 beds and 40 beds respectively,” Spotlight reported.
An article published in Mercury News on October 21st said, “San Jose has no more than 6,000 residents. Due to the limited shelter in the city, the vast majority of them go without a roof over their heads most nights. The COVID-19 pandemic and the economic fallout from it have only exacerbated the crisis, and San Jose officials – alongside those across the state – are looking for new ways to serve and accommodate their most vulnerable residents. “
Spotlight quoted Housing Director Jacky Morales-Ferrand as saying, “Before the pandemic, there were 2,072 shelter beds across the country. That number has increased by 822 beds during the pandemic. “
With all of these resources and future locations for the homeless, it is hoped that housing with even more beds will be made available to the community. More facilities for homeless families also need to be considered.
It’s not a one-person job; Everyone should help in one way or another by helping to end homelessness. With not all sites fully built, San Jose residents will have to put some effort into helping the city.
As a community, we need to band together and help those in need by providing money, food, masks, etc., to the homeless. While we cannot distribute beds or shelter for everyone, we can do the least we can to make their lives a little easier.