“Every city in Southern California has a homeless issue. This grant money will help those considered to be ‘chronic homeless’, says Gordon Walker, CEO of Regional Task Force on Homeless. Chronic homeless is anyone on the streets for more than a year.
East Chula Vista getting new traffic system to deal with congestion
For the first time, the City of Chula Vista will apply for some of that money. During the last homeless count, there are 367-people living on the streets of Chula Vista.
That’s not a big number, compared to San Diego with thousands of homeless people. “But if you’re the person on the streets, one person is too much”, says Walker.
As a result, cities and towns who want grant money will have to declare a “Shelter Crisis”. City leaders in Chula Vista will do just that at tonight’s council meeting.
Right now, there is almost $19-million dollars available for the San DIego Region. Chula Vista is hoping to get a piece of the pie. The money could be used for everything from ‘rental assistance’ to “medical care”.
The homeless issue may not be overly apparent to the average observer in Chula Vista, but city leaders are getting aggressive in their efforts to help all of them.
The city of Chula Vista is in the process of installing a new traffic control system to alleviate congestion in east Chula Vista.
The project is funded with a Highway Safety Transportation grant. The system is expected to increase traffic flow, reduce congestion and delays. The project will impact 28 intersections.
Video: Citys new traffic system aims to reduce traffic
The system will be able to track real-time data and traffic, making changes to traffic signals as needed when it notices a change to the flow of drivers.
The new technology is expected to reduce travel times by 10 to 30 percent and is expected to be up and running by the end of October.