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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

How officials say they’re curbing the spread of Shigella in San Diego


Earlier this week, San Diegans learned that the county is monitoring an outbreak of shigellosis — an illness that’s so far been found in at least seven local people experiencing homelessness.

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County, City Working Together To Prevent Widespread Transmission of Shigellosis


San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher and San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria announced today that the County and the City are working together to prevent the spread of shigellosis among residents experiencing homelessness.

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The San Diego Foundation, LISC San Diego, Urban League to Launch San Diego Black Homebuyer Program


The San Diego Foundation, LISC San Diego, and the Urban League of San Diego County have joined together to launch the San Diego Black Homebuyers Program with a goal to improve the racial wealth gap in San Diego by investing in generational wealth-building opportunities through Black home ownership.

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San Diego County tackles housing shortage with general plan changes


The Board of Supervisors updated plans for housing, safety and environmental justice.

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Adopted $7.23 Billion County Budget Supports Chair Nathan Fletcher's Framework for the Future


San Diego County’s unanimously adopted $7.23 billion Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Budget represents the new Board of Supervisors’ commitment to transform the County into a place that values fairness, equity and inclusion, and prioritizes community-centered policymaking.

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San Diego County supervisors approve $7.2B budget for 2021-2022 fiscal year


The budget includes money for programs aimed at reducing homelessness, environmental protection, governmental transparency and reforming the justice system.

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Supervisors Approve $7.2B County Budget with Increases for Mental Health, Environment


The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to approve a $7.2 billion fiscal year 2021-22 spending plan for San Diego County.

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Our Newly-Adopted $7.2 Billion Budget Includes A Larger Focus On Mental Health


NBC 7's coverage of our historic County Budget.

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San Diego City, County Team Up On Latest Homeless Initiative


A joint effort by the city and county of San Diego to address homelessness in the area is set to begin next week.

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Statement: Chair Nathan Fletcher Supports SB9


Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors Nathan Fletcher speaks in favor of California State Senate Legislation, SB9.

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Shelters to expand, safe havens to open under new homeless strategy


Shelter beds will increase, safe havens for people with drug and mental health issues will be created and an intense outreach effort will be launched to address the growing number of homeless encampments on downtown San Diego streets, city and council officials announced Friday.

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Chair Fletcher, Mayor Gloria Detail Strategies to Address Pervasive Challenges Contributing to Chronic Homelessness


Recognizing the growing encampments of homeless people on the sidewalks of Downtown San Diego and the difficulty of placing unsheltered people suffering from addiction into existing programs, Mayor Todd Gloria and County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher today detailed a new strategy to address the immediate and long-term challenges facing these vulnerable individuals.

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Volunteers of America Southwest Accused of Double-Billing, Fraud and Conflicts


Volunteers of America Southwest’s managers engaged in mismanagement, waste, misuse of public funds, conflicts of interest, potential fraud and double-billed some clients, according to interviews, lawsuits and San Diego County auditors.

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Column: More resources — and bureaucracy — aimed at San Diego’s growing homeless problem


Mayor Todd Gloria and county Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher unveiled separate proposals not long before a new report detailed a troubling trend. Last year, the number of people who became homeless for the first time nearly doubled from 2019, according to the report by the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless released this week.

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Grantville Trolley Station 250-Unit Development Aims to Help Housing Crunch in San Diego


The housing market will soon get some much-needed relief as transit and housing officials broke ground on a new $106 million 250-unit residential development at the Grantville Trolley Station. The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and Greystar Real Estate are partnering on the development, which sits between the new SDSU West site and SDSU main campus. A second, neighboring development is in the works for later this year on another portion of the station property reserved for qualified low-income residents.

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County creates homeless department, launches North County outreach


The county’s efforts to help homeless people will expand beyond the unincorporated area and into cities as part of a new department created by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 6.

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San Diego County Board Votes Unanimously to Create Department for Homeless Services


The idea for the Department of Homeless Solution and Equitable Communities was first presented by Supervisor Nathan Fletcher at the State of the County but was heard by the full board for the first time on Tuesday.

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Five Policies Chair Fletcher Introduced Were Passed at Tuesday’s Board Meeting


Five policies Chair Nathan Fletcher introduced or co-docketed during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting were supported during a marathon meeting that was still going after 10 p.m. The policies passed will address homelessness, the environment, behavioral health and support the event industry and denounce hate against the Asian and Pacific Islander community.

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San Diego County passes additional eviction protections for renters


The Board of Supervisors’ action is aimed at protecting people affected by COVID-19.

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County Department of Homeless Solutions and Equitable Communities being introduced by Chair Fletcher on Tuesday, April 6 Board Meeting


San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher wants the County to better leverage its expertise and resources to support the regional response to the homelessness crisis. On Tuesday, April 6, he is presenting a policy to establish a new Department of Homeless Solution and Equitable Communities. Chair Fletcher first introduced the concept during his State of the County Address in February.

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Affordable housing community breaks ground in Linda Vista


To provide working families, veterans, and transition-age foster youth with an affordable, transit-accessible apartment community, San Diego-based nonprofit housing developer Community HousingWorks (CHW) is breaking ground on Ulric Street Apartments in Linda Vista.

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Convention Center Shelter Operations Extended


“The Convention Center operation is designed to protect not only the public health of its residents, but make connections into sustainable treatment programs,” said County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Co-Chair of the County’s COVID-19 Subcommittee...

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Supervisor Fletcher votes NO on Otay Village 13 project


“While the Otay Village 13 project is consistent with the density in the County General Plan, my concern with the use of carbon offsets precluded me from supporting this project at this time. ...

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County says it will tighten its focus on ‘health equity’ areas to bring positive rates down


County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said during the county health department’s weekly COVID briefing Wednesday that the specific factors incorporated in the state’s latest statistical stop sign are just the kinds of things that are already underway in the very neighborhoods highlighted by the new metric.

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Old Family Courthouse in downtown San Diego being torn down for affordable housing


It will take about a month to get the old Family Courthouse in downtown San Diego demolished and the area cleaned up, and once it’s gone, work will begin on what will replace it -- brand new affordable housing units.

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