(SAN DIEGO) -- Earlier this week we shared an alarming story about a stabbing in Balboa Park. It involved a homeless man, and in our interviews with experts, we found the number one concern for San Diegans is no longer the drought, it's our growing homeless problem.
A study released in January by the statistics portal shows San Diego has the fourth largest homeless population in the Country, behind New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle. 65 percent of our homeless are mentally ill, and 10 percent are severe. So we asked you, do you feel less safe living in San Diego than you did five years ago?
Email from Robert:
"I don't believe that I have ever seen such an increase in crime and vagrancy so quickly in one city in all the places that I lived in the world. It's getting harder to justify spending so much on [SIC] rent when I can't live where I want to because of the homeless issues."
Email from Claudette:
"I feel safer in Mexico where I go to the dentist than in my own community where every corner there are homeless begging for money and food. I don't feel safe."
We know the issue of homelessness is a top concern among many San Diegans. We're committed to staying on top of the problem, the impact, and the solutions.
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