February 23, 2024
Whereas tents have been eliminated on sure downtown streets, the homeless create momentary shelters. Picture by Chris Stone

 The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously voted to discover growing a pilot program to increase entry to supportive housing for homeless people affected by substance use points.

Tuesday’s motion directs the county’s Chief Administrative Officer to look into growing a program to increase restoration residence housing entry for round 100 homeless folks in North County.

Supervisor Jim Desmond, who introduced the proposal earlier than the board, mentioned he hoped this system will yield constructive outcomes for an eventual countywide enlargement.

In line with Desmond’s workplace, greater than one-third of the county’s homeless endure from dependancy, and lots of stay homeless regardless of receiving outpatient therapy.

“Their lack of housing is a continuing menace to their sobriety, and they’re a inhabitants that we should always prioritize as we proceed to work in direction of ending homelessness,” Desmond wrote in his proposal. “By offering housing alternatives, we will help stop these people from falling again into homelessness.”

Whereas County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer mentioned the county has round 2,500 restoration residential beds, she mentioned there was “a transparent want” for extra and added, “This can be a actually promising pilot.”

The Board voted 4-0 in help of the pilot program.