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Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, today shared details of the Standard Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) the County is ready to execute between the 18 incorporated cities, during the Regional Task Force on Homelessness’ Intergovernmental Roundtable Meeting. He originally introduced the idea during his State of San Diego County Address in March (video clip here). 

As part of the Standard MOA, the County will:

  • Provide Behavioral Health Services (BHS)

  • County Public Health education and relevant communicable disease screening tools to the shelter operator.

  • One Human Services Specialist (HSS) to provide services at the shelter and who will assist individuals obtain HHSA-administered benefits and self-sufficiency resources including, CalWORKs, General Relief, Cal Fresh, Medi-Cal, and Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI). 

Actions taken by a City that signs the Standard MOA must include:

  • Operate and make available a shelter with staff, three meals (minimally) per day, security, hygiene, storage for resident use, and facility cleaning, and general facility operations and maintenance.

  • Provide residents with on-site access to showers, restrooms, and laundry.

  • Provide customary and typical referral, intake, and services coordination.

(See Copy of Standard MOA here)

“Our County government is here to support cities as they work to address homelessness in their communities, and this Standard MOA solidifies the County’s commitment to help. I hope all 18 of the incorporated cities partner with us,” said Chair Fletcher. “Later this month, we’ll double down on our commitment by making $10 million in one-time funding available to help cities build new shelters. Knowing in advance this funding will be available, I encourage all cities not to wait but to start getting your plans together now.” 

$10 Million for Cities To Create New Shelters   

Today, Chair Fletcher also shared with the cities that there will be a vote of the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 24 to make $10 million of one-time funding available to transform properties in their cities into new shelters, safe parking, safe camping, tiny homes or other creative opportunities to provide shelter. This is another announcement he originally made during the State of San Diego County Address.

Once approved, cities will receive communication from the County that same week, outlining the grant application process. The County’s goal will be to partner with cities that are interested and able to bring new sheltering resources online quickly to support our regional efforts to address homelessness. 

“Cities across San Diego county are struggling to address homelessness in their communities. Having adequate, safe, and housing-focused shelters is critical to addressing the needs of individuals and families by reducing the trauma of being without shelter and connecting to services and organizations that understand the crisis,” said Tamera Kohler, Chief Executive Officer, Regional Task Force on Homelessness. “This commitment to supporting increasing shelters with funding and simplifying the process is historic and shows a continued dedication to addressing the immediate needs while focusing on solutions.  If each community is supported in addressing their local homeless needs we have a fighting chance at real sustainable change as every outcome is then focused on housing and proper support.” 

The virtual meeting had representatives from 14 of the 18 incorporated cities in attendance. The cities present 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.