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One man and hundreds of 'wheelie bins' on a mission

Watch this video and imagine the impact if 'The Waterman's Center' is forced to close due to a lack of funding. Contact us for news on how you can petition to keep the center open so it can continue its innovative work serving many hundreds of homeless folk in East Village and downtown San Diego.

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'Occupy' participant argues for 24/7 loos for homeless

Curtis speaks out at City Council meeting yesterday on behalf of the homeless: "“If we want less of a mess in San Diego, where are the trash cans? Why are there only two public restrooms?”. See full article in San Diego Reader

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Take A Look : Have Your Say

Must We Be (In)Visible?

This weekend, don't miss (In)Visible at the Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair: a provocative multimedia art installation by our friend and collaborator Bear Guerra designed to engage the general public in the realities of homelessness in San Diego http://in-visible-project.org/?page_id=5 . 

As featured on KPBS, the display includes exceptional black and white photography as well as audio from the homeless folks featured in the photography. (In)Visible is on display this weekend in the lobby of... Read More

Save the Date: Think Dignity Community Picnic

Saturday October 15 2011, noon - 4 p.m. Join us in beautiful Balboa Park for the 2011 Think Dignity Community Picnic: Celebrating 5 years of “the tank” taking on and winning on such critical issues as access to clean water and bathrooms for all San Diegans. See how our Basic Dignity Coalition members -- the housed and the un-housed -- come together to empower their homeless neighbors by distributing survival backpacks on the streets of San Diego, discussing and addressing daily challenges and more. You’ll get to meet and hear from people who have experienced and endured homelessness and... Read More

Redevelopment Agency moves forward with Portland Loo project in San Diego

After much deliberation, and despite the state’s move to the contrary, San Diego City Council has renewed its commitment to the city’s Redevelopment Agency which serves to revitalize neighborhoods and improve economic conditions in San Diego.

This means that the Portland Loo project, originally approved over a year ago to deploy four 24/7 public restrooms in Downtown San Diego can now move ahead. The new San Diego public loos will be located as pairs on Market and 11th (at Dog Park) and on 14th and L (at Tailgate Park).

The Portland Loo was selected after a detailed cost/... Read More

Summer Survival Backpack Distribution another win-win for San Diego

Thanks to all our donors & volunteers! Over 100 packs & lots of goodies shared w/our homeless neighbors @ the Water Man's Storage Center and @ Neil Good day-center. The housed and un-housed, do-ers and thinkers, coming together to try to resolve some of the real-world challenges of life on the streets of San Diego.

As Dahna L, one of our volunteers reflects "I truly enjoy working with Think Dignity.  I found the experience this weekend to be particularly rewarding. The backpacks and other items we gave away were greatly appreciated by those in need; and the sincerity of... Read More

Veterans Village expect even larger turn out this year

The Homeless Veterans struggle for dignity continues: National Stand Down for Homeless Veterans began on Friday July 15. Last year Veterans Village of San Diego had a record 947 participate. Unfortunately, this year they expect even more to attend to receive a broad range of essential services otherwise unavailable to them.

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Free Webinar Tomorrow: The State of Homelessness & the Human Right to Housing in the U.S.

On Tuesday, July 19, at 2:00 p.m. EST, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty will host a webinar to discuss topics explored in its report, "Simply Unacceptable": Homelessness and the Human Right to Housing in the U.S. "Simply Unacceptable" includes a report card grading the United States on its response to homelessness and its compliance with the human right to housing, and the report issues failing grades in more than one category.

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Its Tonight....Join us!

The event: A collection drive and preparation of summer backpacks to include flip-flops, sunscreen, water, hygiene and healthcare items such as soap, toothpaste and much, much more. Tell your friends, pop into your nearest pharmacy or 99 cent store then bring your donations along and join the Basic Dignity Coalition volunteers as we prepare these packs for distribution to our homeless neighbors.

Thursday, July 7, 2011 ~ 6:00 - 8:00pm
Backpack Assembly: 655 W. Broadway, 17th Floor (our storage space), San Diego, 92101

Thanks for all the fabulous donations received so... Read More

Join Our Summer Survival Backpack Drive

Summer is here and that means fun in the sun, right?  For our neighbors without a roof over their head it actually means dehydration, painful or dangerous sunburns, and potentially fatal overheating.  To help alleviate the dangers of overexposure, Think Dignity is introducing the Summer Survival Backpack, stuffed with water, sunscreen, flip flops, hat or cap, shade tarps, toiletries, water or sports drink, vitamins, and sunglasses. And here is how you can help: 

Bring along your donation items from the suggestions above and help us prepare the backpacks. We'll meet on Thursday,... Read More

Portland Loo Success - Another Step Closer to Basic Dignity in San Diego

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who came out on June 21st to city council to demonstrate our community’s unwavering support for Basic Dignity, specifically for downtown restrooms in the form of the Portland Loo!  You can watch our public testimony by following the link and selecting the video for the City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 21st.  Our testimony starts at 1:26:00 of the video.
We are pleased to announce that the Downtown Partnership/Clean and Safe has now agreed to maintain the Tailgate Park Portland Loo at 100% of the estimated annual cost ($24,000... Read More

Show your support for David Ross, aka "The Waterman"


David Ross, more commonly known as The Waterman is beacon of light to those on the streets and a true inspiration to all citizens of San Diego. Over the past several years, David Ross has been handing hundreds of thousands of water bottles to those on the streets of downtown, as there have been no publicly accessible water fountains to be found.

Check out David Ross on NPR's website!

In addition, he has been spending his personal funds to provide and maintain porta-potties for the homeless downtown, so that those on the streets have a... Read More