San Diego Supervisors Adopt New Homeless Solutions Program
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to create a new Department of Homeless Solution and Equitable Communities to help streamline its response to homelessness. San Diego will expand and centralize the services it offers to unsheltered people.
Under the new plan, the county will no longer pursue efforts that “criminalize” homelessness, according to Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who introduced the proposal. The county will instead emphasize homelessness prevention and equity using a “housing first” approach.
“If this is successful -- and it’s going to take all the cities getting on board too and being good partners with the county -- but this is the first time I can remember the county really stepping up and providing regional leadership on this issue and setting some solid guiding principles that are based on evidence and research from across the country," homeless advocate Michael McConnnell told NBC San Diego.
San Diego County has the nation’s fourth-largest homeless population in the United States, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.