In San Diego we had 36 of the most chronically homeless individuals in our program, Project 25. We concluded the 3-year pilot of Project 25 and had great success, helping to ensure the long-term stability of our homeless neighbors. We have seen taxpayer costs drop 63%, with:
When United Way launched the Project 25 pilot program, modeled after successful “Housing First” programs that provide permanent supportive housing to the chronically homeless, the goal was to help 25 people. After the pilot’s success, housing 36 chronically homeless individuals and saving millions of taxpayer dollars, United Way provided bridge funding to help St. Vincent de Paul Village oversee Project 25. The project has now found sustainable funding and is expanding.
Our Collective Impact efforts delivered positive outcomes for Escuelita del Futura, a 40-student preschool United Way helped fund through Chula Vista Promise Neighborhoods. A specialized curriculum supports English Language Learners, and teachers make home visits to involve parents in their child’s learning. We are proud of these results:
In the Diamond Community of Southeast San Diego, we’ve invested in Chollas-Mead Elementary, Johnson Elementary and Horton Elementary to boost early reading and writing skills. Principals and teachers received training and more than 500 home learning toolkits were distributed to families.
I can see that my kids are more confident in reading, in raising their hands, and in talking to their peers because they know what they’re supposed to do. Their reading comprehension is really coming along!
Chollas-Mead third-grade teacher, Dawn Savang