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Housing Affordability and Homelessness


 

The lack of affordable housing is one of the most significant challenges facing our region. The soaring costs of housing in our region has serious impacts on our economy and makes it hard for San Diegans to be able to afford the cost of living in the region. 

In response to this, Supervisor Fletcher is aggressively pushing to increase affordable housing being built in each of our communities. He supports programs like“No Place Like Home” which brings state  funds to San Diego County to create permanent, supportive housing for individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and experiencing serious mental illness.  Additionally, he is in favor of continuing to use excess county-owned land to develop into housing throughout the County.  Supervisor Fletcher has also voted to expand San Diego County’s “Innovative Housing Trust Fund” which  allows affordable housing developers to use County money to leverage funds and increases the construction of affordable housing units throughout the County. 

In addition to behavioral health, housing instability and economic insecurity are major drivers for homelessness in our region.  Supervisor Fletcher believes that the only way to make significant headway on the homelessness issue is through region-wide and multi-prong approaches that address the various reasons leading to homelessness.  

Due to his passion for behavioral health and his regional expertise on the issue, Supervisor Fletcher was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to his Council of Regional Homeless Advisors.  Through this role he worked with other leaders from around the state to develop a cohesive, best-practice approach to tackling California’s homelessness crisis.  Recommendations developed by the Council were presented to the Governor, who will use these guidelines in shaping homelessness policy in California.  Supervisor Fletcher is committed to bringing this statewide knowledge to San Diego, through his role as the Vice-Chair of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, San Diego’s regional experts on homelessness. 

News: Housing Affordability and Homelessness

440 Families Permanently Housed Because of Chair Fletcher’s 2019 Flex Pool Policy

09/27/22

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.

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY DECLARE HOMELESSNESS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS

09/27/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors formally declared homelessness a public health crisis in San Diego County. The policy was brought forth by Vice Chair Nora Vargas and Chair Nathan Fletcher and was approved unanimously today.

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Hiring More Veterans, Funding To Keep People Housed and a Community Benefit Agreement Are On the Agenda for the Board of Supervisors Tuesday & Wednesday

09/22/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors at their meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday will vote on policies to increase the number of veterans working at the County; identify and secure a facility in East County to support veterans; replenish funds for a flexible housing pool to help people at-risk of becoming homeless and a San Diego County Community Benefits Agreement strategy.

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CITY OF OCEANSIDE RECEIVES $3.2M FROM COUNTY FOR HOMELESS NAVIGATION CENTER

09/21/22

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.

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Vista, Oceanside, San Diego Awarded $4.3 Million to Address Homeless Crisis

09/21/22

Vista, Oceanside and San Diego are the first three recipients of grants from a $10 million county fund to address the homelessness crisis in the region, it was announced Tuesday.

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Supervisors OK Settlement with Volunteers of America After Questionable Audit

09/21/22

The county Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved transferring two vacant buildings in National City from the local chapter of Volunteers of America as part of a settlement, after an audit found unverified spending from that organization.

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COUNTY AWARDS THREE CITIES WITH GRANTS FOR NEW HOMELESS SHELTERS, PARKING LOTS

09/20/22

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, today announced the cities of Vista, Oceanside and San Diego are the first three jurisdictions to receive a portion ($4.3-million combined) of the $10 million the County has made available to support cities as part of its stepped-up commitment to addressing homelessness.

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Vista, Oceanside, San Diego Awarded $4.3 Million for Homelessness

09/20/22

Vista, Oceanside and San Diego are the first three recipients of grants from a $10 million county fund to address the homelessness crisis in the region, it was announced Tuesday.

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San Diego, Vista and Oceanside receive county funding for homeless shelters

09/19/22

San Diego County officials on Monday awarded a total of about $5 million in grants to three cities as part of a $10 million program to increase shelter options for people living in encampments and vehicles.

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Fitch Ratings Gives Top Marks to San Diego County’s $15.2B Investment Pool

09/18/22

The San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office has announced that Fitch Ratings re-affirmed the San Diego County Investment Pool’s top rating.

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New Rosecrans Shelter for San Diegans Experiencing Homelessness Opens Monday

09/14/22

Up to 150 San Diegans experiencing homelessness will be able to move into the Rosecrans Shelter when it officially opens Monday, following a tour by city and county leaders of the facility Friday.

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NEW ROSECRANS SHELTER FOR SAN DIEGANS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS SCHEDULED TO OPEN SEPTEMBER 12

09/09/22

Up to 150 San Diegans living on streets and sidewalks will have another option with the Rosecrans Shelter, which is anticipated to open Monday, September 12.

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Homeless Shelter to Open Monday in Midway District

09/09/22

A 150-bed shelter originally projected to open in July is scheduled to open Monday in the Midway District, an area that has seen large homeless encampment on city streets in recent months.

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HOMELESSNESS, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & THE REGIONAL DECARBONIZATION PLAN UP FOR A VOTE AUGUST 30 & 31 AT BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING

08/29/22

A new agreement with Alvarado Hospital for more behavioral health acute care treatment beds; an update from the San Diego County Office of Homeless Solutions and Equitable Communities; and a series of proposals for the County’s Regional Decarbonization Plan are on the Board of Supervisors agenda Tuesday, August 30 and Wednesday, August 31.

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Mayor Gloria, Chair Fletcher Announce $11.8 Million Project Homekey Award

08/24/22

Mayor Todd Gloria and County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher today announced that the State of California has awarded $11.83 million from Governor Gavin Newsom’s Project Homekey program to help finance the development of 40 new homes for San Diegans experiencing chronic homelessness.

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Report: Behavioral Health in SD Region Needs 18,500 Workers to Keep Up with Demand

08/15/22

A report completed at the behest of county leadership found the San Diego region will need to add more than 18,500 behavioral health workers in the next five years to meet the mental health and addiction treatment needs of the community, it was announced Monday.

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Senior housing under construction on county land in novel partnership

06/24/22

A new affordable housing development for seniors broke ground Thursday on county property in the Linda Vista neighborhood.

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COUNTY BREAKS GROUNDS ON NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR SENIORS

06/23/22

A groundbreaking ceremony for Levant Senior Cottages, 126 affordable homes for senior citizens (plus 1 for the manager), took place this morning in San Diego’s Linda Vista neighborhood on County property that once was home to a building that serviced children and families.

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County Breaks Ground for First Affordable Housing Development on Surplus Property

06/23/22

In a first for the County, officials broke ground on a surplus property that will transform an empty lot into a site for low-income affordable housing.

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Construirán más de 100 casas en Linda Vista para ayudar a personas mayores

06/23/22

Más de 100 viviendas asequibles para personas mayores de edad serán acondicionadas en un terreno del Condado de San Diego en Linda Vista.

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San Diego County celebrates Juneteenth

06/18/22

San Diego County communities celebrated Juneteenth over the weekend with events around the region commemorating the freeing of the last group of slaves in Galveston, Texas in 1865.

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COUNTY SUPES VOTED TO DEVELOP GOVERNMENT LAND ACTION STRATEGY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SAN DIEGO FOUNDATION, AND OTHER JURISDICTIONS

06/14/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors passed a measure to partner with San Diego Foundation (SDF).

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SUPERVISORS FLETCHER, LAWSON-REMER & THE SAN DIEGO FOUNDATION WANT TO CREATE “GOVERNMENT LAND ACTION STRATEGY” FOR REGION, FOUNDATION PLEDGES SEED MONEY

06/03/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer and The San Diego Foundation (TSDF) want to work with the 18 incorporated cities, and other government agencies to create a Government Land Action Strategy, to identify government-owned land to build 10,000 affordable homes over the next three-to-five years.

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NEW SHELTER FOR HOMELESS SAN DIEGANS NOW BEING SET-UP IN MIDWAY DISTRICT

05/31/22

The new Midway District Bridge Shelter that will serve up-to 150 San Diegans experiencing homelessness is now being constructed on a County of San Diego property in the City of San Diego’s Midway District.

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Work begins on ‘a place of healing’ for homeless in Midway

05/31/22

Construction has begun on what will be the city of San Diego’s first homeless shelter to provide 24-hour intakes and a focus on people with mental illness and addictions.

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