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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

COUNTY AWARDS 4 CITIES REMAINING $5M FOR HOMELESS SHELTERS FROM $10M FUND

12/12/22

Four more awards totaling $5,324,435.48 in County of San Diego grants are being given to the cities of Escondido, Carlsbad, Chula Vista and San Diego to expand shelter capacity to support people experiencing homelessness.

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SUPERVISORS FLETCHER & LAWSON-REMER FIGHT FOR JANITORS, LANDSCAPERS & SECURITY GUARDS TO BE TREATED FAIRLY BY EMPLOYERS WHO CONTRACT WITH THE COUNTY IN NEW POLICY

12/12/22

Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Terra Lawson-Remer want to ensure the contractors that hire janitors, landscapers and security personnel to work at County of San Diego properties provide a competitive wage package, health benefits and sick days, better workplace protections and proper training.

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San Diego County to Leverage Data to Combat Homelessness

10/28/22

San Diego County has launched two new efforts to help combat homelessness: the adoption of a policy enabling the use predictive analytics to help those at risk, and an app to help connect people experiencing homelessness with resources.

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County approves program to detect who may become homeless

10/25/22

County supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a plan that will use data to identify people who are at risk of becoming homeless as a way of keeping them in their homes and off the street.

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San Diego County Supervisors Approve Data Program to Reduce Homelessness

10/25/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a data analytics policy to help prevent homelessness. Board Chairman Nathan Fletcher proposed developing a comprehensive integrated data system that allows county employees to evaluate if a person is at risk of becoming homeless and offer support to keep them housed.

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HOMELESSNESS County Supervisor Fletcher proposes data-driven homeless prevention plan

10/24/22

Chair to ask colleagues to approve initiative that would mimic outreach effort that has been successful in Los Angeles

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MTS BOARD APPROVES SITE FOR REGION'S FIRST ALL- ELECTRIC BUS FLEET FACILITY

10/21/22

A historic decision was made today by the Metropolitan Transit System’s Board of Directors to help San Diego reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance cleaner air.

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SUPERVISOR NATHAN FLETCHER LAUNCHES ‘SALUTE OUR VETERANS’ AWARDS

10/21/22

On the hangar deck of the USS Midway, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher announced his office’s new Salute Our Veterans award to honor and recognize the contributions veteran community leaders, veteran-owned small businesses and nonprofits that support veterans make in San Diego County. “Once veterans have served their country many go on to serve their community; and I want to recognize some of the individuals and organizations who are going above and beyond the call of community service,” said Chair Fletcher, a United States Marine Corps combat veteran. Below is the criteria for each award. Nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, October 26 and can be made at www.SupervisorNathanFletcher.com/Veterans. Veteran Community Leader Award: An individual veteran who after serving our country in the military, continues serving our community by using their knowledge, skills and passion for community to support local initiatives, efforts, or organizations that make San Diego County a better place to live. Veteran-Owned Small Business Award: A small business owner who once served our Country, but is now making a difference by providing goods and services to area residents and goes above and beyond with their support of veterans and our community. Veteran Non-profit Award: A non-profit or agency whose mission is to provide services that uplift and improve the quality of life for veterans in San Diego County. During the press conference, Wilfred Quintong from the County’s Office of Military and Veteran Affairs highlighted a series of support services available through the County to serve veterans, including comprehensive VA benefits counseling, VA disability claims preparation and submission, claims follow-up, initiate appeals, Veteran driver's license application support, CalVET college fee waiver application support, CalFresh, Medi-Cal, and CalWORKS enrollment assistance, housing, and networking & advocacy with federal, state, and local agencies.

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State Decision to Lift State of Emergency in Early 2023

10/18/22

While the last few years have been very tough, we should be proud that our County has one of the highest vaccination rates and lowest COVID death rates in the Country and I agree with the Governor that it is time to prepare to end the state of emergency.

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‘On thinner ice than ever’: County plans child care blueprint as parents’ options dwindle and costs soar

10/14/22

Public investment in child care is needed to keep children safe and parents in the workforce, speakers told the San Diego County Board of Supervisors at a conference on the issue this week. The board voted unanimously Wednesday to develop a child care blueprint and asked staff to return with a plan within eight months.

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FLETCHER SAYS CITY BUDGETS NEED TO PRIORITIZE HOMELESSNESS

10/10/22

County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher has been critical of San Diego cities that didn’t apply for a recent $10 million grant program to fund new homeless shelters, safe parking lots, safe camping lots and other homeless facilities.

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COUNTY & CITY PASS RESOLUTION TO BUILD 10,000 UNITS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING ON GOVERNMENT LAND, WORK ON DENSIFICATION & STREAMLINE PROCESSES

10/03/22

Today in a historic meeting of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the San Diego City Council, by a vote of 12-0, they voted to pass a resolution to align their efforts to remove barriers to housing production, work to build 10,000 units of housing on government-owned land, leverage available funds for housing, and explore housing densification options.

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CITY COUNCIL, COUNTY SUPERVISORS AGREE TO BUILD 10,000 AFFORDABLE UNITS ON PUBLIC LANDS

10/03/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors and San Diego City Council Monday agreed unanimously on a resolution aligning the two bodies in plans to construct 10,000 units of housing on government-owned land, use available funding for housing and explore residential density options.

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CITY COLLABORATE ON HOUSING CRISIS

10/03/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors and San Diego City Council Monday agreed unanimously on a resolution aligning the two bodies in plans to construct 10,000 units of housing on government-owned land, use available funding for housing and explore residential density options.

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Monday’s Housing Summit to Align County & City on Building 10,000 Housing Units on Government Land

10/02/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and Council President Sean Elo-Rivera want their respective entities to work together to address the lack of affordable housing in our region.

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS VOTE TO CREATE OPTIONS FOR BOTH MANDATORY & VOLUNTARY CBAs

09/28/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday took it’s next action to develop a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) model for San Diego County

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JOINT COUNTY-CITY HOUSING SUMMIT HAPPENING OCT. 3 AT REQUEST OF CHAIR NATHAN FLETCHER & COUNCIL PRESIDENT SEAN ELO-RIVERA

09/28/22

San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher and San Diego City Council President Sean Elo-Rivera want their jurisdictions to work collectively on increasing the supply of affordable housing in the region.

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HOUSING CRISIS PROMPTS FIRST JOINT SAN DIEGO COUNTY-CITY MEETING IN DECADES

09/28/22

The region’s housing crisis is prompting San Diego city and county elected officials to hold an unusual joint meeting Monday to spur construction of 10,000 subsidized housing units on public land by 2030.

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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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SAN DIEGO DECLARES HOMELESSNESS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. ‘TODAY, OUR COUNTY TAKES A SIGNIFICANT STEP'

09/27/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously declared homelessness a public health crisis Tuesday, a move the board said will create a more unified, regional approach to the problem.

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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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