San Diego attributes rise in violence and random attacks to homeless

Tents line the street in Skid Row in Los Angeles, California on September 17, 2019. - US President Donald Trump has indicated he plans to address the homeless crisis in California as he lands later today in Los Angeles for a two-day visit with stops for fundraising in Palo Alto, Beverly Hills and San Diego. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

Tents line the street in Skid Row in Los Angeles, California. (ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

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Recent reports have attributed violence and random attacks on San Diego residents to a spike in the homeless population in the city. “We have an uptick in violent crime in general,” said Mayor Todd Gloria. “And being homeless is not a crime, but being homeless is not a get out of jail free card either.”

The people of San Diego have called on police and city officials to do more after multiple victims have come forward saying they have been assaulted. Aislinn Fava said she was walking to get a smoothie when out of nowhere a homeless man punched her in the back of the head knocking her to the ground.

Fava said multiple women have reached out to her after sharing her experience on social media. One woman commented, calling East Village a “war zone for women.” The same week of Fava’s attack another neighborhood captured surveillance of a homeless man striking a man from behind with a skateboard.

Mayor Gloria tried to blame the rise in homeless numbers on COVID-19 measures. “A lot of that has to do with the fact that during the pandemic we had to enforce social distancing rules in our homeless shelters. That meant that literally hundreds of our beds have not been able to be occupied,” suggested Gloria.

In the last two weeks, Gloria said the city was able to shelter around 300 people now that social distancing rules have relaxed. In the latest budget proposal, the mayor said he has allocated $10 million for homeless sheltering with the hope it will begin to eliminate homelessness in San Diego.

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