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Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, will be in the City of Lemon Grove on Thursday, April 21 to take part in the County’s

homeless outreach activities at a known encampment area, and speak during a panel discussion hosted by the East County Homeless Task Force and Thrive Lemon Grove in partnership with the City of Lemon Grove.

During last month’s State of San Diego County Address, Chair Fletcher outlined several new initiatives to tackle the homelessness crisis and build more affordable housing (see below). The County also has a team from its Department of Homeless Solutions & Equitable Communities – a department CHair Fletcher’s policy established – that has been serving the unsheltered in the East Region.   

Schedule of Activities for Thursday, April 21, 2022 

5:00 p.m. 

County Homeless Outreach in the City of Lemon Grove
3565 Harris Street, Lemon Grove, CA 91945 (Corner of Harris &  North Ave.) 

Chair Fletcher will visit with County outreach workers at an area known to be a homeless encampment, be briefed on the outreach that’s being done in Lemon Grove on Thursday, and engage with unsheltered individuals. Some of the scheduled activities include:  

  • Human Services Specialists and Social Workers will be providing hygiene kits, access to eligibility programs, and housing resources

  • Nurses will be providing flu/COVID/Hep A vaccines and Narcan

(Editor Note: The outreach team will start activities in the area at 3 p.m. Chair Fletcher will be available for interviews during his time at the outreach event)      

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.   

Panel Discussion on Homelessness in Lemon Grove 

Lemon Grove Library (Inside Community Room)

3001 School Lane, Lemon Grove, CA 91945 

Click Here for More Details 

Homelessness, Behavioral Health & Housing Solutions from the State of San Diego County Address   

  • New Tent Shelter for Homeless at the County’s Rosecrans Complex: The County of San Diego, in partnership with the City of San Diego and Lucky Duck Foundation, will open a new 150-person shelter located at the County’s Rosecrans complex. The anticipated open date is July 1, 2022.  The County is providing the land, public health, behavioral health, and eligibility services, the City will manage operations at the shelter, and the Lucky Duck Foundation has generously donated the tent structure.  

  • Standard Agreement for Partnership with 18 Incorporated Cities to Help Unsheltered: The County has created a standard agreement to streamline partnerships related to homelessness between the County of San Diego and incorporated cities. This agreement outlines what roles the County and the cities will perform for agreements related to a variety of homeless solutions including safe camping, safe parking, and tiny homes. The County will provide services such as behavioral health and public health services and the city will provide a location and operations.  

  • $10 Million in Grants to Support 18 Incorporated Cities for Service for the Unsheltered: In recognition that some cities do not have the resources available to acquire locations to provide services to those experiencing homelessness, the County will make $10 million available to help cities jumpstart more robust homeless services programs. More details will be announced.

  • New Safe Haven Facility: A new low-barrier addiction treatment facility location will be announced in the near future in partnership with the City of San Diego. This effort is a continuation of the harm reduction efforts launched by the County’s Community Harm Reduction Team (CHRT) and the City’s operation of a harm reduction shelter at the old Pier One location in the Midway District. The County provides the CHRT team and addiction treatment services and the City manages the facility. 

Regional Surplus Land Master Planning Initiative with $10 Million in Philanthropic Support: Chair Fletcher called for government agencies to work together to create a master plan for their surplus land and has recruited The San Diego Foundation and the San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center to lead the efforts.  The $10 million from the San Diego Foundation will be used to launch this initiative. More details will be announced at a later date.