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San Diego now has the 4th largest homeless population in the nation - and it’s getting worse. While government continues to throw money at the problem, there’s little to show for it, with much of the focus on care and not enough focused on the root causes.

Studying programs in other cities, Kristin discovered an innovative and successful program called The Other Side Academy. She was so impressed by what she saw that she launched The Other Side Academy here in San Diego. The Other Side transforms the lives of the formerly incarcerated, those suffering from addiction, and those with mental health issues by bucking conventional wisdom and using accountability and programs that emphasize self-sufficiency rather than government-reliance.

Residents live in a drug-free home and learn to develop their strengths by helping each other. With a focus on changing negative behaviors through peer interactions, they learn social norms, build social skills, and become self-sufficient. We need to raise the bar on what is possible, not lower it, and against the odds, The Other Side Academy is changing lives.