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San Diego County supervisors consider $2.76 billion budget for health care, social services



San Diego County supervisors are considering a $2.76 billion spending plan for health, homelessness and social services that would add new behavioral health services, fund homeless shelters and develop affordable housing.

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency spending comprises the largest part of the county’s proposed $7.15 billion budget for the next fiscal year that begins July 1.

Although Housing and Community Development would see a funding cut, much of that comes from the expiration of COVID-19 housing assistance, and the completion of housing projects this year, the budget plan stated. Next year’s budget would add new investments to increase affordable housing and reduce homelessness, board Chair Nathan Fletcher said.

“In this year’s budget, we are doing more to tackle homelessness than ever before, including $10 million to help our 18 incorporated cities open new shelters,” Fletcher said in a video about the draft budget. “In the next year, the county will open eight affordable housing developments, a record for any year in county history, which means more than 1,000 individuals will have access to an affordable home.”

The county is also adding funding and staff for departments providing behavioral health care, medical services, child welfare services, public assistance and homelessness programs, officials said.

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