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In a momentous vote on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, the Board of Supervisors received an update on, and unanimously approved actions related to, compassionate emergency solutions and pathways to housing for people experiencing homelessness.

The estimated completion of the Plans is early to mid-2022.

This update comes 120 days following the approval of Supervisor Joel Anderson’s October recommendation, which directed the Chief Administrative Officer and County staff to develop specific programs addressing homelessness in the region.

The program that County staff created addressed three categories of solutions, including emergency shelters, specialized funding for the imminent needs of unhoused people, and enhanced street outreach, case management, and data collections and analysis of the County’s homelessness efforts.

"East County is long overdue for transformative, yet compassionate, homelessness measures, like the one the Board approved today,” shared Supervisor Anderson.

Anderson added, "My district has the second highest number of homeless individuals in the region but only one homeless shelter in the more than 1,500 sq. miles. Shelters and safe parking lots with wrap-around services are needed to lift up the hundreds of unhoused people in East County and support them on a path of stability, independence, and employment.”

Chair Nathan Fletcher stated, “Homelessness is a challenge in all areas of our County and this Board of Supervisors is proactively taking more action. We are putting everything we can toward this issue by investing more resources and thinking more strategically about how to work with local jurisdictions to get the unsheltered roofs over their heads, the sustainable services they need, and on a path to a better life.

“We have taken several actions today to address homelessness, and I want our residents to know that they can count on their County to act with urgency on homelessness,” Chair Fletcher concluded.

The Plan for emergency shelters identified three options applicable to the San Diego region, which include non-congregate sleeping cabins, safe parking facilities, and safe camping facilities (RVs). These shelters will include additional on-site services that have been identified by stakeholders’ input and research.