How Homelessness Impacts Us

  • It costs US taxpayers about $35,000 per year for a person who's been homeless long term to stay in the street (National Alliance to End Homelessness; Homeless Hub)

  • Large cities like San Diego rack up millions of dollars in unbudgeted expenses each year through police calls for service, ambulance rides, and hospital stays (California State Auditor)

  • Homelessness may also have an impact on San Diego's tourism economy. Reporting by the San Diego Union-Tribune suggests that downtown homelessness is causing people to think twice about staying here. (San Diego Union-Tribune)