The City of San Antonio will host five forums over the next three weeks to collect community input for the City’s first-ever Homeless Strategic Plan.

The plan is being developed by the City, South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless, and Homebase, a consultant hired by the City.

The City commissioned the plan in October, and the report is expected to be completed and presented to City Council in April.

The plan will identify strengths and gaps in services for homeless people – or people on the verge of being homeless – in San Antonio and outline a five- to 10-year plan to enhance the city’s efforts.

Each meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.:

About 0.15 percent of Bexar County’s estimated 1,986,049 population were counted as homeless in 2019. The total number of homeless people decreased 6 percent in Bexar County last year, but the number of families without homes continues to increase. In 2019, 274 families were homeless, up 18 percent from 232 in 2018.

Since the city’s largest shelter, Haven for Hope, opened in 2010, it has placed roughly 4,000 people in permanent housing and homelessness downtown has decreased significantly. But some elected officials and homeless advocates have called for more resources and a more dynamic approach to combat the problem.

Homebase has conducted several meetings with nonprofits that provide homelessness services, housing developers, faith-based leaders, and other stakeholder groups over the past few months.

Senior Reporter Iris Dimmick covers public policy pertaining to social issues, ranging from affordable housing and economic disparity to policing reform and mental health. She was the San Antonio Report's...