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COUNTY AWARDS THREE CITIES WITH GRANTS FOR NEW HOMELESS SHELTERS, PARKING LOTS

09/20/22

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, today announced the cities of Vista, Oceanside and San Diego are the first three jurisdictions to receive a portion ($4.3-million combined) of the $10 million the County has made available to support cities as part of its stepped-up commitment to addressing homelessness.

“We are proud to support Vista, Oceanside and San Diego in their fight against homelessness by awarding these grants,” said Chair Fletcher. “Their proposals are the types of projects we wanted to support. Each offers shelter, a safe environment and access to services that will help people get back on their feet. 

“I wish more cities would have applied. The issue of homelessness affects our entire region, and I was disappointed only three cities came to us with their plans. We have a little more than $5 million left and we’re reaching back out to cities to encourage them to participate.” 

Details about each city’s proposal and funding are as follows: 

City of Vista – Awarded $65,000 – Safe Parking Program  

  • A 25 vehicle safe parking lot is scheduled to be opened by January of 2023. It will operate seven days a week and visitors will be provided with case management and housing navigation services along with onsite restrooms (ADA compliant), handwashing stations. It will also be a pet friendly site that focuses on individuals, families and people fleeing domestic violence. The City of Vista has committed $250,000 of its own funds for 2 years of operations.

City of San Diego – Awarded $1,030,543 – Safe Parking Program

  • A 60 vehicle safe parking lot in the Rose Canyon area is scheduled to be open by March 2023. This site will have an onsite restroom, showers, laundry, food, access to support services and long-term housing options. The target populations for the site are families.  The City of San Diego is leveraging $479,000 of its own funds to operate this site for two years. 

City of Oceanside - Awarded $3,258,021 –  Homeless Navigation Center

  • A 50 bed low barrier shelter will be open 24-hours a day and operated by the San Diego Rescue Mission with a scheduled opening date of December 2022. This site will have trauma-informed healthcare care services, public benefits and connections to permanent supportive housing.  

On Wednesday, September 21 at 11:15 a.m. there will be a press conference with Chair Fletcher, Supervisor Jim Desmond and officials from the City of Oceanside at the construction site of the new Navigation Center for the Homeless, located at 3131 Oceanside Blvd, Oceanside California, 92056. 

“I want to commend Chair Fletcher and the Board of Supervisors for providing this funding and for these three cities for taking advantage of these dollars,” said Tamera Kohler, CEO, Regional Taskforce on the Homelessness. “People are experiencing homelessness throughout our region and having local options that support people where they benefit everyone. Shelter can be a safe place and the first step to a home. It is important to have more local shelter opportunities throughout San Diego.” 

A second solicitation has now been sent to the 18 incorporated cities by the County’s Office of Homeless Solutions and Equitable Communities in an attempt to spend down the just over $5 million that remains. 

Chair Fletcher first announced the program during his State of the County, and in May  during a Regional Taskforce on the Homeless intergovernmental roundtable meeting, he presented the program virtually to representatives from 14 of the 18 incorporated cities in attendance. The cities present at that time were: San Diego, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Del Mar, El Cajon, Escondido, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Oceanside, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach, and Vista.