Laws on Homelessness

The 9th Circuit’s landmark 2019 Martin v Boise Decision limits 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 to those who are willing to go.

To that end, Oceanside is opening a transitional homeless shelter with wrap-around day services to obtain stability and transition people into permanent housing. An agreement with the San Diego Rescue Mission was recently approved by the City Council to operate the shelter, to be centrally located on Oceanside Boulevard near El Camino Real.  The site will undergo renovations and the shelter is expected to open in Spring/Summer 2022.

Additionally, in 2021, the City Council committed funding towards a 59-unit apartment complex for Oceanside homeless residents in an effort to provide permanent supportive housing. 

People setting up encampments on private property can still be cited and removed. The City conducts hundreds of encampment details each year and removes hundreds of tons of associated debris.

Any illegal behavior should be reported to the Oceanside Police Department. Officers continue to respond to criminal activity. For emergency situations, please call 911. For non-emergency situations, please contact OPD's non-emergency line at (760) 435-4900, or contact the Oceanside Police Homeless Outreach Team