On April 7, 2021, the Oceanside City Council appropriated $632,630 from its General Fund and a $30,000 HEAP grant to fund a motel voucher program to offer non-congregate shelter for the homeless population in Oceanside. On August 4, 2021, the City Council approved the use of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to pay for this program. Per this direction, staff returned the General Fund dollars to the General Fund reserves and replaced it with ARPA monies.
Referrals to this program are made by the Oceanside Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), the Oceanside Housing Authority, and McAlister Institute. The early results of the program are promising.
Since the start of this program in 2021, 45% of those exiting the motel voucher program have moved into longer term housing programs; this is higher than the industry standard.
HOMELESS SHELTER COMING SOON
This program is in addition to the City’s goal of establishing a permanent emergency shelter with wrap around supportive services and daytime activities. The City has obtained a site on Oceanside Boulevard and a shelter operator. The shelter operator has obtained their permits to begin necessary construction to renovate the space for its operation.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT COMING SOON
In June 2021, the City Council approved the construction of a 59-unit apartment complex for homeless Oceanside residents. The City Council committed $3.5 million and 59 section 8 housing vouchers towards this affordable housing development. The project includes $6 million in state funds, along with private sector funding. On January 12, 2022, the City Council approved the funding plan.
Oceanside has invested substantially in other programs to help, as well. Details