Panelists at Live Well San Diego propose new ideas for addressing homelessness

Homelessness is a multifaceted issue necessitating multifaceted solutions. There is no shortage of policy ideas aimed at addressing homelessness from multiple angles. In the substance of those ideas, the word shortage cannot be underscored enough.

Whether it be a shortage of affordable housing, mental health services, or good jobs, community leaders are increasingly taking a broader, holistic approach toward homelessness prevention. This new approach was on full display at the 2019 Live Well Advance: Uniting for Impact conference in San Diego.


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In keeping with its stated vision of bringing people together through a collective effort to achieve meaningful change, Live Well San Diego convened a panel session to discuss ideas for boosting homelessness prevention by “Strengthening San Diego”.

Led by Rosanne Haggerty, CEO of the New York City based Community Solutions, the panel highlighted innovative strategies for ending homelessness by strengthening communities. Bringing together experts with experience strengthening communities through various strategies, ranging from resource allocation and social entrepreneurship, to service alignment, the panel explained ways that community partners can coalesce around a shared effort to strengthen San Diego, and thereby weaken the grip of homelessness on the community.

Other panel members included Jonathan Castillo, Regional Director of PATH San Diego; Tamera Kohler, CEO of the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless; John Ohanian, CEO of 2-1-1 San Diego; and Omar Passons, Director of Integrative Services for the County of San Diego.