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San Diego's Homeless: Living in Shelters, Cars & the Streets.

San Diego is a paradise for most of us - the year-round weather, beaches, golf, universities and diverse economy. Yet San Diego also has the 3rd largest homeless population in the nation. At last count almost 10,000 people are living in shelters, cars, canyons or on the street. While most are individuals, one-third of our homeless are families.

Many are veterans and others have mental illness. One-third are substance abusers, while and third have college experience. Our Homeless Agencies provide compassionate year-round services and report that the homeless want the same things as the rest of us: to support themselves, have jobs, have comfortable and safe housing, to be healthy, and help their children do well in school.

Join us to hear the facts, learn what's being done, and help us explore what's missing to serve this community.

Ruth Bruland

Executive Director

St. Vincent de Paul Village

Ruth Bruland is Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul Village and a Vice President of Father Joe's Villages. She began working with Father Joe's Villages in 1998, as Executive Director of Las Vegas' MASH Village. Prior to that she was the founding director of an interfaith emergency shelter for families.

Delores Diaz

Executive Director - Regional

Task Force on the Homeless

Delores Diaz, Executive Director of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless and Housing Program Analyst at the County of San Diego. Each year the Task Force sends 1000 volunteers in one night to document San Diego's homeless population and report their findings to the City and County of San Diego.

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