SAN DIEGO, CA — (September 14, 2015) On Sept. 18, 2015, Family Health Centers of San Diego’s (FHCSD) Spirit of the Barrio community luncheon will feature a panel of regional leaders as they address the status of homelessness and affordable housing in San Diego County.

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, one of the four panelists, will discuss her past, present and future initiatives on affordable housing. Alpha Project CEO Bob McElroy, San Diego Housing Commission CEO Rick Gentry and Father Joe’s Villages CEO Deacon Jim Vargas will also present their views on what is and is not working to combat homelessness and create affordable housing. The panel will be moderated by 10News anchor Kimberly Hunt and also feature a Q&A session for guests to ask the panelists questions.

Home to one of the largest military bases in the U.S., San Diego was recently named the nation’s least affordable city. In 2013, FHCSD provided care to 24,143 unduplicated homeless patients. On an average night, there are an estimated 8,500 individuals – 20 percent of whom are veterans – without a place to call home. Spirit of the Barrio hopes to shed light on and help provide solutions to these issues the city is facing.

Since 1986, Spirit of the Barrio has provided a platform to openly discuss key current events, such as the California drought and new stadium proposal, while raising support for FHCSD’s mission to provide quality health care for underserved communities. Past Spirit of the Barrio speakers include Mayor Jerry Sanders, world-famous artists and local athletes. About 400 to 600 guests attend each luncheon.

Spirit of the Barrio will take place on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Logan Heights Family Health Center (1809 National Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113). Press passes are available.

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About Family Health Centers of San Diego
Since 1970, Family Health Centers of San Diego has been an integral part of San Diego County’s health care safety net and is proud to be one of the largest, private, nonprofit networks of community clinics in the nation. FHCSD’s mission is to provide caring, affordable, high-quality health care and supportive services to everyone, with a special commitment to uninsured, low-income and medically underserved persons.