County Supervisors Develop Plan to Address Homelessness in San Diego

San Diego Board of Supervisors respond to community concerns about the escalating rise in homelessness and lack of affordable housing.  The Supervisors passed several measures at its June 20 meeting.  Keep the pressure on!

The U-T reports “Supervisors approve three-pronged plan for affordable housing.

“The approach has three components:

  • A total of $500,000 will be transferred from a community grants program toward studies and pilot programs to test innovative ways to provide affordable housing. These funds are coming out of an account that Roberts controlled. Each supervisor can allocate $2 million in grants each year.
  • Supervisors took the first steps to establish a $25 million trust fund that can be used to purchase services and supplies, pay for permits and regulatory fees, repay loans, buy property, lease equipment, and and use for other expenses related to creating affordable housing. Supervisors said the money will be used to leverage more funds from other organizations. Within 90 days county staff will develop an ordinance to establish this trust fund, and they will also develop criteria for how these funds can be disbursed from the trust. The money would come from county reserves.
  • They also designated 11 excess properties for the development of new affordable homes. Eight of the properties are in San Diego, while one is in El Cajon, one is in Descanto, and another is in Escondido.”