February 21, 2024
Tarps coated homeless tents and shelters on downtown streets. Picture by Chris Stone

The county Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously accepted an analysis of county-owned websites to be used as attainable future emergency shelters for homeless folks.

In line with a press release from Vice Chair Terra Lawson-Remer‘s workplace, the main target might be on sleeping cabins, protected parking spots, “sprung” or material shelters or repurposing current buildings to assist these now residing on the streets. County employees members may also search companions who might present companies on the websites.

In a press release, Lawson-Remer stated the board did the fitting factor by looking for out potential websites.

She famous the county in 2022 opened a shelter on Rosecrans within the metropolis of San Diego’s Halfway neighborhood, which is positioned in her district.

“The areas in my coverage have utilities on website, will assist to reduce public prices and supply a larger return on our funding in serving to the homeless,” she added. Lawson-Remer stated her workforce researched potential current parcels, together with others for attainable consideration.

She added that many websites “are in numerous phases of planning and approval to help inexpensive housing building however could have a window of a number of years that the location might help an interim use.”

“Homelessness is a disaster affecting folks throughout all our communities and we should take into account all out there areas,” Lawson-Remer stated. “I’m assured our county employees will do the required due diligence to incorporate or eradicate potential websites. They may take all components into consideration.”

Supervisors will overview the evaluation of county-owned websites in 120 days.

In line with the unique board letter put ahead by Lawson-Remer, 4 websites have been proposed within the San Diego area and one in Escondido.

A number of Escondido residents throughout a public remark interval, together with Mayor Dane White, stated their metropolis shouldn’t be thought-about as a attainable website with none discover.

White stated he and others aren’t against a homeless shelter within the metropolis, and urged the board to work with them on one other location.

“Once more, we wish to be companions with you,” White stated.

Lawson-Remer stated she wished to amend the board letter to incorporate different websites in Escondido, and supported a pleasant modification from her colleague Joel Anderson to take away any website from District 2, which he represents.

Anderson defined that his workplace has already laid the groundwork to search out websites in District 2.

A number of folks in favor spoke in favor of Lawson-Remer’s proposal. Kim Miller of the nonprofit Fortunate Duck Basis stated the county must also pursue further efforts to shelter folks, together with a non-public/public regional answer.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.