Homelessness is an issue of great concern in San Diego County. Whenever I meet with groups or people in our community, the most frequently asked question I receive is, ‘What is being done about homelessness?’ I have made homelessness a top priority, by helping individuals get off of streets and sidewalks, and making our communities safer. I’m pleased to say, yesterday we took a major step in North County.
Last year, the County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved $10 million to address homelessness in each of the 18 cities in San Diego County. Today, we awarded the City of Oceanside over $3 million for a navigation center that will help individuals get off the street and into services and housing.
What I have learned during my three years on the Board of Supervisors is that solving homelessness is not a one-size fits all approach. What may work in Oceanside, may not work in Escondido, which is why we made this money available to each city and for them to choose what they believe is best.
This 50-bed center will be open 24 hours when it opens in December. The San Diego Rescue mission will operate it on behalf of the City of Oceanside and provide trauma-informed healthcare care services, public benefits and connections to permanent supportive housing.
I was able to take a tour of the building with Donnie Dee, the President and CEO of the San Diego Rescue Mission. They will be providing on-site services. This is a significant resource for North County and a major step forward as we address homelessness in the region.
I’m also pleased to say that North County is a hub for behavioral health services.
- Three of the region’s five Crisis Stabilization Units are located along the State Route 78 corridor in Oceanside, Vista, and Escondido.
- $20 million from the County, dedicated to psychiatric beds coming to the Tri-City Medical Center and…
- In partnership with District Attorney Summer Stephen, we’ve opened One Safe Place in San Marcos, to serve women and families in North County experiencing domestic violence, human trafficking, and elder abuse.
San Diego County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond