Having been honorably discharged after 27 years in the US Navy, Captain David Schnell is currently general manager of Americas Commercial & State Transportation Group’s Los Angeles Express Lanes. Also interested in charity and helping others, Captain David Schnell serves as executive director of Christ Kitchen, a nonprofit organization devoted to feeding those in need in the greater San Diego area.
In 2015, homelessness in San Diego County rose by 2.8 percent from the previous year, and by 26 percent in downtown San Diego alone. Downtown homeless shelters saw a 123 percent rise in people without homes seeking shelter and services. San Diego has become the US city with the fourth largest population of people without homes.
The reason for the rise is unclear. While it is possible that there were simply errors in data gathering, increasing housing prices have been cited as a major reason for forcing people out of homes. Over 60 percent of individuals without homes are from outside San Diego County. Authorities are seeking greater federal funding to keep up with the influx.