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Will a guardianship help the homeless in SD County?

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Although there is no plan in place, some are excited while others say this is not the answer.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — The San Diego homelessness disaster set a precedent for state and native leaders.

With a diverse population, there is a lot to be done to help combat the situation, and one of the instruments is a guardianship program for the homeless. Although there is no plan in place, some are excited while others say this is not the answer.

“This year, I am pushing for state action on guardianships,” Mayor Todd Gloria said in his state of the city address on Wednesday.

Conservatories in which a court-appointed conservator manages the home situation, medical choices and another person’s mental health care – got help from Mayor Todd Gloria and Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“We have more treatment programs, more guardianships,” Governor Newsom said.

However, San Diego legal professional Scott Dreher, who has worked with homeless people for more than 20 years, says that’s probably not the answer.

He says the problem and resolution are just too advanced.

In San Diego, obtaining guardianship is extremely difficult, experts say. This requires an order from the decision maker and there are restricted guardianships, and a family member must be up to date.

“Anyone who thinks ‘oh, we’re just going to put everybody under conservatorship’ and that’ll take care of that…that’s never going to happen, that’s not the solution,” Dreher said.

Dreher says while that might be a solution for some people, there are more pressing issues that might help.

“What’s going to solve the problem is giving people a place to be that maybe doesn’t have a place to be,” Dreher said.

Mayor Gloria and Dreher each say housing is the biggest challenge to addressing homelessness.

“The shortage of homes San Diegans can afford every day is dividing families.” said Mayor Gloria.

But there is also the problem of being aware and compassionate towards homeless inhabitants,

Amie Zamudio is the Homeless Outreach Director with “Housing 4 The Homeless” and says there are no easy options.

“What we see is that there are people who cannot take care of themselves and no matter how much support we give them, they refuse our support,” Zamudio said. “They just can’t take care of themselves, it’s not human to let people on these streets rot and die,”

RELATED WATCH: Extended Interview: Governor Newsom Talks California Homelessness Disaster with CBS 8 in San Diego (January 2022)

Will a guardianship help the homeless in SD County?

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