The City of Oceanside is working every day to address this very complex issue. The issue of homelessness has and continues to be a top priority. Homelessness is multi-faceted with many contributing factors, including economic hardship, high housing costs, lack of job skills training, mental illness, substance use disorders, physical disabilities, limited support networks, life traumas, and more. The uniqueness of each homeless individual's situation requires a varied approach, and the more successful outcomes are built on a pattern of consistent engagement and building trust so the person will be in a position to accept the help that will lead to a lasting solution.
What is the city doing?
shelter and interim vouchers
As noted, the City has begun preparations to open a shelter with wrap-around services and daytime activities to help residents develop a housing plan and assess needed services.
As an interim solution until the shelter is opened, staff is developing a hotel/motel voucher program that can be offered to anyone experiencing homelessness. The program will include room and board, case management, onsite security, and participants would be required to follow the rules.
The City also currently funds emergency shelters through its participation in the Alliance for Regional Solutions. The Alliance is an umbrella organization consisting of over 60 North County non-profits and eight North County cities. There are currently two emergency shelters in Oceanside for special populations: the Women's Resource Center has beds for female victims of domestic violence and the YMCA has beds for transition aged youth.
MENTAL ILLNESSES RESPONSE
Those suffering from serious mental illnesses can often end up on the streets and need an effective, compassionate response. The County is developing a Crisis Stabilization Unit for treatment at North Coastal Live Well Center and has launched a Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) pilot project. The MCRT program began in January and serves the North Coastal region when someone is having a psychiatric crisis. The teams consist of licensed mental health clinicians, case managers and peer support specialists. Requests for MCRT services are triaged by the San Diego Access and Crisis Line (ACL) at (888) 724-7240.
what about encampments?
The 9th Circuit’s landmark 2019 Martin v Boise Decision has limited the Police Department’s ability to enforce Oceanside's Code prohibition against camping on public property without available shelter beds. The City continues to offer available regional shelter beds when available. Plans for a transitional shelter with wrap-around services are coalescing, and an interim motel voucher program is being developed. Frequently asked questions
A wide variety of resources in our community are in place for those in need--from no-cost health care, counseling, food distributions, and more. Those needing assistance should call the Oceanside Housing Division at (760) 435-3360, or contact the Homeless Outreach Team.
There are many caring residents in our remarkable community that want to help. This complex topic cannot be solved by one entity alone. We invite everyone to become involved to improve the lives of others. Whether it's giving time, expertise, or donations, there are many ways to become involved: Ways to Help
For more information on the challenge of homelessness, please visit the City website.