San Diego has the third largest homeless population of any metropolitan area in the United States. According to a 2013 report on homelessness by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), there are almost 9,000 counted individuals in San Diego who are homeless. On a national level, it is estimated that approximately 5,000 young people die every year because of assault, illness, or suicide while on the street. Additionally, an estimated 32% of runaway and homeless youth have attempted suicide at some point in their lives. And approximately 40% of young homeless individuals identify themselves as a member of the LGBT community.
Urban Street Angels is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization that provides a continuum of care to the homeless community in San Diego. The organization and its volunteers are committed to feeding homeless individuals 4 – 6 times each month, supplying basic necessities and supportive services (including referrals to medical care, transitional employment and housing resources, and other providers of social services). Most importantly, Urban Street Angels strives to build trust and and safe relationships with these young homeless individuals to facilitate their transition off the streets.