Homelessness In San Diego: Peter Seidler And Dan Shea Announce Initial Funding For Plans To Launch Temporary Human Services Campuses



Peter Seidler, Managing Partner of the San Diego Padres and Dan Shea, Partner at Paradigm Investment Group, LLC., will announce initial funding for plans to erect special industrial tent structures to house homeless San Diegans, men, women and children currently living on our streets. The plan, a first step in a temporary solution to address human suffering includes the building of several SPRUNG  structures, an approach that has generated good results in cities such as Honolulu.

 The SPRUNG structures can house the homeless and provide basic services for less than $17/per person per day or for about $500 per month per person.

The initial funding and proposal Seidler and Shea will announce was developed in collaboration with a coalition of public and private partners. The comprehensive approach includes:

  • Implementation of the Coordinated Entry System (CES), a countrywide system that connects participants with services as quickly and effectively as possible and ensures critical data is collected at each point throughout the system, and
  • Triage including assessment, outreach, case management, mental and physical health services, and long-term housing services.

Seidler and Shea will also discuss the importance of the comprehensive use of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), a data collection tool designed to capture client-level information over time on the characteristics and service needs of    people experiencing homelessness.

Who:              Peter Seidler, Dan Shea, James T. Harris, D.Ed., President, University of San Diego, and Constance Carroll, Ph.D., Chancellor, San Diego Community College District.

 When:            Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Where:           University of San Diego, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Building, Room B

                       5998 Alcala Park

                       San Diego, CA 92110

 Why:               There are nearly 9,200 homeless people in San Diego County. Between 2016 and 2017, downtown San Diego experienced the single largest increase in the population of homeless individuals of any area in the region. 

Homelessness in San Diego:

  • Men: 69%
  • Women: 29%
  • Veterans: 8%
  • Chronically homeless individuals: 31%
  • Self-reported mental health issues: 39%
  • Self-reported substance abuse issues: 20%
  • Homeless youth population increased by 39% between 2016 and 2017

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.