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Mayoral Candidates Respond to Senior Homelessness

Serving Seniors is committed to helping seniors in poverty live healthy and fulfilling lives. The upcoming election is an excellent time for candidates to share their personal vision of a better future for San Diego’s low-income seniors. Since COVID has made it difficult to host in-person forums, we provided the candidates for Mayor of the City of San Diego an alternative opportunity to share their plans to address senior homelessness in San Diego.

Senior homelessness is on the rise across the nation. San Diego’s latest 2020 Point in Time Count (PITC) recently captured this unsettling reality and reports, of San Diego’s homeless seniors, 43% are experiencing homelessness for the first time in their lives. Many of them (54%) are sleeping on the sidewalk or street each night while still trying to manage chronic health conditions (50%) and physical disabilities (55%).

Here is what Mayoral candidates had to say about addressing senior homelessness in San Diego:

Q1: The latest PITC reports 88% of homeless seniors became homeless in San Diego.  How will you demonstrate your commitment to reducing the risk of older adults aging on the streets of San Diego?

 

Q2: Once homeless, San Diego’s older adults must continue to manage chronic conditions, physical disabilities, and nutritional needs without the security and dignity offered by a home. How committed are you to redesigning San Diego’s shelter system(s) to accommodate the needs of an aging populations?

Learn more about San Diego's 2020 Mayoral Candidates

Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry                         Assemblymember Todd Gloria

 

Additional Resources

Q&A with San Diego City Council District 3 Candidates

Impact of Seniors in the Election