The City of Oceanside is working every day to address this very complex issue. 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 an individual approach. 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.
Frequently Asked Questions on Homelessness in Oceanside
What is the City doing?
- Homeless Outreach Teams: The City funds two Oceanside Police Department Homeless Outreach Teams that travel with Social Workers to provide assistance to people experiencing homelessness. Often, it takes many contacts with the same individual to build trust before they will accept help. Measure X helps fund this effort. More Information on Homeless Outreach Team
- Social Workers: There are two Social Workers in the Housing Division that assist people in obtaining Section 8 vouchers, if eligible, and help connect them with programs they need. An additional two Social Workers travel with the Police Homeless Outreach Teams to help build rapport and complete care coordination.
- Bridge Housing: Oceanside employs Bridge Housing to shelter people with a plan to move towards permanent housing. In 2020, the City moved 62 homeless residents into Bridge Housing, with 43 moving into permanent housing. Measure X funding helps fund this critical effort.
- Hotel Voucher Program - Began April 2021. Details/updates
- Family Reunification Program: Oceanside funds a Family Reunification Program to help people reconnect and stay with friends and family. Measure X helps fund this program.
- Housing Vouchers: Oceanside sets aside housing vouchers for seniors, veterans, families, and people with disabilities who are experiencing homelessness. Additionally, landlords can earn incentives by offering rental units for voucher participants.
- Collaborating: The City's Neighborhood Services Department works with the Alliance for Regional Solutions, a coalition of nine cities and more than 50 non-profit service providers and funders. The Alliance has taken the lead in North County to implement the Coordinated Entry System, a centralized data system used by agencies to ensure that services are being coordinated in order to maximize resources and alleviate duplication of homeless services.
- Facilitating Affordable Housing: The City administers local, state and federal programs that increase the supply of quality affordable rental and for-sale units in the city. Learn more about Affordable Units in Oceanside and throughout San Diego County
- Oceanside Sobering Services Center: Funded primarily by Measure X, allows a safe space for intoxicated individuals to stay the night and receive clothes, food, counseling, and further treatment options.
- Coming Soon - Homeless Shelter:Oceanside is opening a transitional homeless shelter with wrap-around day services to obtain stability and transition people into permanent housing. Staff is collecting proposals now and anticipates the selection of a shelter operator in May 2021
There are many resources in our community for those in need--from free health care, counseling, food distributions, and more. People needing assistance can call the Oceanside Housing Division at (760) 435-3360, or contact the Homeless Outreach Team.