Homelessness in San Diego: What Makes Good Neighbors?

Homelessness in San Diego: What Makes Good Neighbors?

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Date and Time

  • Wednesday, September 3, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Please join us for a public conversation about homelessness and the meaning of citizenship in a border community, hosted by the Trans-Border Institute and St. Vincent de Paul Village/Father Joe’s Villages.

There are nearly 9,000 homeless people in the City of San Diego, 2,500 of whom do not have access to shelter. The homeless population is even larger and conditions are worse in Tijuana, where individuals and families deported from the United States have filled shelters beyond capacity, and created semi-permanent encampments in several part of the city. We know that a variety of factors push people into homelessness – poverty, violence, substance abuse, and mental illness. And we know immigration status can exacerbate all of these factors, particularly in a border town like San Diego.

In the face of this kind of need, what does it mean to be a “good neighbor?” How can we expand our understanding of citizenship to include kinds of community membership and belonging that transcend formal legal categories and national borders? How can you get involved as a student, a teacher, or simply as a good neighbor?

In order to address these questions and more, we have convened a panel of experts and community leaders. Each panelist will give a brief presentation, and then we’ll open up the floor for a general discussion. At about 7:30 p.m., we’ll adjourn to the rotunda for light refreshments.

Panel Discussion:

  • Moderator, Mark Sauer, KPBS News
  • Ruth Bruland, Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul Village
  • Lt. Debra Farrar, San Diego Police Department, HOT Team
  • Everard Meade, Director, Trans-Border Institute, USD
  • Michael Lovette-Colyer, Assistant Vice President and Director, University Ministry, USD

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies


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