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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

GOVERNOR’S CARE COURT POLICY BACKED BY CHAIR FLETCHER & THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

05/24/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, and the Board of Supervisors voted to support Governor Gavin Newsom’s CARE Court proposal. After the vote, Chair Fletcher issues the following statement:

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CHAIR FLETCHER & BOARD TAKE ACTION TO HELP CITIES TACKLE HOMELESSNESS, REDUCE YOUTH HOMELESSNESS

05/24/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, and the other members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors passed two actions that will expand the County’s commitment to addressing the homelessness crisis.

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CHAIR FLETCHER ACTIVATES THE COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO’S STANDARD MOA WITH 18 CITIES TO PROVIDE HOMELESS SUPPORT SERVICES, NOW UP TO CITIES TO SIGN IT

05/09/22

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.

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San Diego County leaders discuss plans for $10M to help cities to create new shelters

05/09/22

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Monday shared details of the Standard Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) the County is ready to execute between the 18 incorporated cities for homeless services, during the Regional Task Force on Homelessness’ Intergovernmental Roundtable Meeting.

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San Diego County wants to expand homeless services to cities throughout the region

05/09/22

San Diego County Chairman of Supervisors Nathan Fletcher has a proposal for city leaders countywide: You provide the shelter space and the county will offer onsite mental health services and public benefits assistance.

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County sweetens deal, offers services to cities that open homeless shelters

05/09/22

Any San Diego County city that opens a new homeless shelter will be provided with various county-funded services under a memorandum of understanding proposed Monday.

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San Diego County's New Movement on Mending the Homeless Crisis

05/09/22

“The situation on the streets demands that we continue to look for every possible way we can get more shelter facilities up, more safe parking, more safe camping and we can do it much faster,” County Supervisor, Nathan Fletcher, said Monday in a meeting with city representatives.

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County leaders announce plan to help cities with homeless services

05/09/22

San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher shared details on the standard Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the region’s cities for homeless services, making $10 million in grants available to cities to kick-start their efforts.

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COUNTY TO JOIN GROUP PURSUING HOMEKEY FUNDS, COMMITS $11M FOR DEVELOPMENT

04/26/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed a measure to enter into a joint agreement with the San Diego Housing Commission, PATH Ventures and the City of San Diego to apply for approximately $12 million of State of California Homekey funding to develop 40 permanent supportive housing units in the City of San Diego, to be located in the El Cerrito community.

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COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO INVOLVED WITH 44 HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS, 3,390 UNITS EXPECTED TO SERVE 6,780 SAN DIEGANS

04/26/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today voted to authorize $12 million of funding to provide permanent supportive housing for low-income families at-risk of becoming homeless, pursue additional funding opportunities and approve an update on the progress the County’s making to build more affordable housing in San Diego County.

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Fletcher, others discuss ways to address county homeless issue

04/22/22

Homelessness continues to be an ongoing issue throughout San Diego County, including in Lemon Grove.

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CITY AND COUNTY PARTNER ON PROJECT TO CREATE 40 NEW SUPPORTIVE HOMES FOR UNSHELTERED SAN DIEGANS

04/21/22

Continuing their ongoing partnership in addressing San Diego’s homelessness crisis, Mayor Todd Gloria and County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher today announced that the City of San Diego, the San Diego Housing Commission and the County of San Diego will apply for state funding under Project Homekey to finance a development that will result in 40 new permanent supportive apartments in El Cerrito for San Diegans experiencing chronic homelessness.

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40-unit project for homeless people planned for Mid-City

04/21/22

With a building plan already in place, city and county officials in San Diego are applying for $12 million in state Project Homekey funding to help construct a 40-unit apartment building and medical clinic in El Cerrito that would provide housing for people experiencing or facing homelessness.

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New development will bring 40 units for San Diego homeless

04/21/22

A new development targeted to house the region’s homeless could see an added funding boost with an application announced Thursday by city and county leaders.

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City, County To Seek State Homeless Housing Money After Initial Whiff

04/21/22

The city and county are preparing to apply for state homeless housing funds after missing an initial deadline for roughly $61 million reserved for the San Diego region.

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CHAIR FLETCHER TO PARTICIPATE IN COUNTY’S HOMELESS OUTREACH IN LEMON GROVE ON THURSDAY, AND A HOMELESSNESS PANEL DISCUSSION AT LEMON GROVE LIBRARY

04/20/22

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.

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SD Foundation Earmarks $10M for Affordable Housing

04/19/22

This is the second year Bayside Community Center in Linda Vista has provided Tiny Gardens to the community.

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Supervisors OK Nearly $12M in Federal Funds For Homeless in San Diego County

04/06/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to receive almost $12 million from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development department to help homeless people or those at risk of being homeless.

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CHAIR FLETCHER & BOARD OF SUPERVISORS SECURES $12M FROM U.S. HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT TO KEEP PEOPLE HOUSED

04/05/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today voted to receive nearly $12 million from U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support individuals at risk of or are unsheltered with homelessness prevention.

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Supervisors Approve Nearly $12M in Federal Funds for Unsheltered San Diegans

04/05/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to receive almost $12 million from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development department to help homeless people, or those at risk of being homeless.

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Fletcher Pledges Action on Big County Challenges

03/30/22

Nathan Fletcher, chair of the county Board of Supervisors, on Tuesday urged San Diegans to come together to attack the region’s foremost challenges during the county’s big annual speech.

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Local lawmakers claim hundreds of millions for military, local projects

03/15/22

San Diego’s Congressional delegation and other lawmakers secured $107 million for local community projects and $127 million for local military and veteran projects as part of the massive federal spending bill federal lawmakers passed last week, officials announced.

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MTS Approves New Affordable Housing Development in South Bay

03/11/22

Families in South Bay will soon have more affordable housing options. The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors voted to enter an agreement with Affirmed Housing Group to build 100 affordable apartments units near the Beyer Boulevard Trolley Station.

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9 Surplus County & MTS Properties Now Available for Affordable Housing Development

03/07/22

Nathan Fletcher, who serves as Chair of the County Board of Supervisors and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), today announced both entities now have 9 surplus properties totaling more than 13 acres of real estate available to develop affordable housing.

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San Diego County, MTS put up surplus land for affordable housing

03/07/22

County and transportation officials announced Monday they have identified nine more properties where developers can begin building affordable housing.

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