Note: Shelter timeline opening has shifted and now is anticipated to be the end of March. The delay is due to needed work that was not foreseen originally. All of the large, custom facility windows need replacing, along with unexpected sewer work. The window order will take weeks for manufacture and delivery. The City is also adding a new HVAC system. The City's Motel Voucher Program will remain in place until the Navigation Center shelter is open.
November 2022 Update:
Window bids went out while new walls continue to be constructed. the alignment of the existing storm drain with the new sewer lateral work was coordinated. Electrical rough-ins and relocating electrical panels are occuring. Concrete work and restroom work bids are being reviewed.
September 2022 Update:
New electrical installations have begun. The contractor renovating the site, Online Builders, located a failing sewer lateral pipe and a replacement is underway. Underground plumbing begins the week of September 19, 2022.
Oceanside was awarded $3.3M from the County of San Diego for assistance in the shelter renovations. Supervisors Fletcher and Desmond announced the award at the Oceanside facility on September 21, 2022. Details
August 2022 Update:
To address the homeless crisis and to mitigate community impacts, the City of Oceanside is preparing for its first year-round homeless shelter. A property was purchased, construction costs were approved, and an operating agreement was signed with the San Diego Rescue Mission for the "Oceanside Navigation Center" at the centrally-located 3131 Oceanside Boulevard property (formerly Ocean Shores School).
Property improvements are underway; internal demolition is nearly complete and site furnishings have begun to arrive. Unforseen site issues have slowed some work, but construction is expected to be complete around the end of the year.
This Center will be committed to providing a safe, low-barrier to entry facility. Services are to include stabilization and supportive assistance to connect people to income, public benefits, medical and mental health services, permanent housing, rehabilitation programs, or other appropriate housing solutions. This program will use a person-centered, trauma-informed care model.
Oceanside Navigation Center to include:
Low barriers to entry: "Low barriers" mean help will be easily accessible and tries to minimize obstacles like mountains of paperwork, waiting lists, and eligibility requirements that can stand in the way of people getting help. Participants will be referred directly by the Oceanside Housing Authority, the Oceanside Police Homeless Outreach Teams, and our community service partners. Admittance to the facility will be on a referral basis only, and drop-in service will not be accomodated.
Housing focused program: The program will aim to help resolve participants’ homelessness as quickly as possible, while meeting basic needs. Access to on-site case management services will include a needs assessment, the development of a housing plan, coordination with county, state, and federal programs, as well as nonprofits and social service agencies, as needed.
Services: Shelter services will include 24-hour staffing, security, daytime activities, meals, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, and safe storage for belongings. It will include basic hygiene and medical products, telephone access and message services. It will serve participants in a welcoming and solutions-focused environment. It will provide access and transportation to medical and mental healthcare, and substance abuse treatment.