Nearly $17 million secured to address San Diego riverbed homeless encampments

County of San Diego was awarded nearly $17 million in state funds to help the homelessness along the San Diego riverbed into permanent housing and services. Photo: County of San Diego

By County News Center

San Diego, CA–A County-led partnership has been awarded nearly $17 million in state funds to help people experiencing homelessness along the San Diego riverbed into more permanent housing and connect them with much-needed services.  

Late last year, the State made $240 million in Encampment Resolution Fund grants available to local jurisdictions to help resolve encampments and get people into housing and services. 

The County applied for that funding in collaboration with the City of San Diego, the City of Santee, and the California Department of Transportation, and is getting $16,951,298. 

The money, awarded to the County’s Department of Homeless Solutions & Equitable Communities, will help an estimated 300 people experiencing homelessness living along the San Diego riverbed. 

It will pay for interim and permanent housing subsidies as well as seven staff who will conduct focused collaborative outreach and coordinate services. 

“This grant is the result of the strong collaborations with our partners at the City of San Diego, City of Santee, and Caltrans, and we are grateful for everyone’s efforts,” said Barbara Jiménez, County Community Operations Officer. “With the funds, we’ll be able to provide safer, cleaner, and healthier living conditions for our community members now living unhoused in the riverbed.”  

Over the next several weeks, the County will work with the three partner entities to bring together the staff and resources to start work on the program.

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