440 Families Permanently Housed Because of Chair Fletcher’s 2019 Flex Pool Policy
Four hundred and forty households at risk of becoming homeless in San Diego County were permanently housed because of a Flexible Housing Pool (FHP) of funds Supervisor Nathan Fletcher secured during his first year in office.
Today, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved replenishing the FHP with $500,000 and entering into an agreement with the Regional Taskforce on the Homeless (RTFH) to administer the money to families in need.
“Keeping families housed is exactly what this program was intended to do,” said Chair Fletcher. “We kept 440 San Diego County households from entering homelessness, which is a tangible achievement our County should be proud of. The Flexible Housing Pool has delivered tangible results and I am pleased my colleagues supported continuing the program. It is one of many tools our County is using to help tackle the homelessness crisis in our region.”
The “pool” money was used to provide gap funding to help families and individuals pay for rent and other expenses such as: security deposit assistance, cover past-due rent, and other barriers that prevent people from maintaining permanent housing.
The FHP received 726 referrals, secured 459 units throughout San Diego County, and permanently housed 440 households between October 2020 and May 2022. Additional successes included a 92% 12-month retention rate, which exceeded the national average. The 459 rental units were secured in the following areas of the county: North County - 52 Central - 155 Downtown - 89 East County - 95 South County - 68