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San Diego Business Owners Launch How-To Guide for Businesses to Address Homelessness

Toolkit from Business for Good San Diego includes tips for frontline staff and guide for business owners to lead solutions

Small businesses to host conversations for fellow business owners at their neighborhood shops and offices

San Diego CA—  Business for Good San Diego announces a new toolkit created by business owners, for business owners to help them handle the homelessness they see in their neighborhoods every day. The group of small business owners has launched a series of conversations hosted at their own shops and offices for other business owners to pick up the two-part toolkit and discuss how they can get involved with meaningful solutions to the region’s homelessness crisis.

Business for Good San Diego is a nonprofit organization that unites small business owners to drive policy that improves the local community. The organization’s homelessness committee, one of its five committees on key issue areas, created this toolkit as a starting point for business owners to take action. The homelessness committee is also working to elect business owners onto local governing boards to ensure that decision-making bodies implement long-term solutions to the region’s homelessness crisis. Business for Good San Diego says priority solutions may include additional affordable housing, increased housing density and larger investment in services from city and county governments.
“My staff appreciate that this toolkit gives practical tips they can use in the moment when people who are homeless hang out around the store or come inside,” says Dennis Stein, owner of six UPS stores in San Diego. “But the biggest reason I got involved in creating this toolkit is that I want other business owners to join me in getting involved with the kinds of real solutions we need to truly help people find their way off of the streets into housing in San Diego.”
Stein is one of several small business owners hosting events where other business owners in the same neighborhood can review the toolkit together and discuss how they will put the guide into practice in the area. Other business owners hosting these conversations include Jamie Hampton of Mixte Communications in Golden Hill, Indra Gardiner Bowers of i.d.e.a. in Little Italy, and Sam Mazzeo of wilkmazz in East Village.
“The business owners we work with know better than anyone that positive change can happen one person and one neighborhood at a time,” says Karim Bouris, executive director of Business for Good. “With their knowledge of hyperlocal challenges and opportunities, these business owners have the potential to drive meaningful solutions to homelessness across the county.”
To interview the small business owners behind the new toolkit or to receive a copy, contact Shannon@gomixte.com.