Oceanside was visited by San Diego County Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Jim Desmond today, who awarded the City $3,258,021 to help with renovation costs at the future Oceanside Navigation Center for homeless individuals and families. Navigation Centers are key entry points to a homeless response system and critical to facilitating appropriate housing placements.
The 50+ bed low-barrier shelter will open in several months. The City has an agreement with the San Diego Rescue Mission to operate the shelter and provide trauma-informed services and connections to permanent supportive housing.  Participants will be referred directly by the Oceanside Homeless Outreach Team, Oceanside Public Housing Authority, and community service partners operating in Oceanside, with no direct walk-ins. The facility will have 24-hour security.
“Oceanside is excited about this generous grant from the County in advancing our efforts to shelter our residents,” remarked Mayor Esther C. Sanchez. “The Oceanside Navigation Center will be a low-barrier facility that will move people immediately off the streets into a safe environment where they will be connected to needed services like counseling, medical and mental health care, job training programs, and more. We thank San Diego County for its wonderful partnership.”

In all, three cities received the emergency housing grant funding: Vista and San Diego for Safe Parking Programs, and Oceanside for its coming shelter.

Mayor Esther C. Sanchez speaks about the shelter grant, above, at a press conference today at the facility site. She's joined by (left to right) Salvador Roman, Management Analyst/Homeless Services, Leilani Hines, Housing & Neighborhood Services Director, County staff, Jonathan Borrego, City Manager, Deputy Mayor Ryan Keim, Councilmember Peter Weiss, Councilmember Kori Jensen, Supervisor Jim Desmond (obscured), Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, and SD Rescue Mission President/CEO Donnie Dee.

Renderings of the coming facility are illustrated below.

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