CITY OF OCEANSIDE RECEIVES $3.2M FROM COUNTY FOR HOMELESS NAVIGATION CENTER
Today, the City of Oceanside was visited by Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Jim Desmond, who awarded the City $3,258,021 to help with the construction of its new navigation center for the homeless.
The 50 bed low barrier shelter will be open 24-hours when it opens in December. The San Diego Rescue mission will operate the shelter on behalf of the City of Oceanside and provide trauma-informed healthcare care services, public benefits and connections to permanent supportive housing.
“Oceanside is excited about this generous grant from the County in advancing our efforts to shelter our houseless residents,” remarked Mayor Esther C. Sanchez, “The Oceanside Navigation Center will be a low barrier facility that will move people immediately off the streets into a safe environment where they will be connected to needed services such as counseling, medical and mental health care, job training programs, and more. We thank San Diego County for its wonderful partnership.”
The money is part of a $10 million County of San Diego grant program Chair Fletcher announced earlier this year during his State of San Diego County Address.
“Tackling homelessness is a regional issue that requires broad support from every community; and it is great the City of Oceanside taking a proactive approach,” said Chair Fletcher. “We are excited to partner with Oceanside to provide these funds to support their efforts to help unsheltered individuals and families.”
Supervisor Desmond, who represents the City of Oceanside, said: “Solving homelessness requires everyone working together to address the needs of each community. I’m glad to see the City of Oceanside becoming proactive in addressing this crisis. This navigation center will provide much-needed support to those living on the street and will be a major asset in ending the cycle of homelessness.”
In all, three cities received the funding, the other two are:
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.
A second notice of funding has been sent to the 18 incorporated cities by the County’s Department of Homeless Solutions and Equitable Communities in an attempt to spend down the just over $5 million that remains. Completed application and the supporting documentation are due on October 11, 2022 by 3 p.m. at HSEC-OHS.HHSA@sdcounty.ca.gov.