In April 2021, the City Council approved a motel voucher program to provide the ability for City Social Workers and Police to offer shelter to Oceanside residents living in encampments. Those staying in the hotel have an improved living situation, with sanitation facilities and meals. Participants are provided with wraparound services and assistance to help them develop a housing plan.
As of mid-May 2022, 63 people have been sheltered through the program this year. 198 people were sheltered in 2021. Since the start of this program about a year ago, 47% of those exiting the motel voucher program have moved into longer-term housing.