County Plan Helps Homeless Get Housing, Health Care

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors accepted an implementation plan Tuesday that will provide people who are homeless and have serious mental problems with a variety of services.

Project One for All will provide housing paired with varied treatment services for the approximately 1,200 people experiencing homelessness along with a mental health issues in San Diego.

“We’re going to help those vulnerable men and women regardless of where they live in the County,” said Chairman Ron Roberts, who along with Supervisor Greg Cox, launched the plan in February.

The plan fully integrates housing, mental health services, primary health care, alcohol and drug services, case management and social services to help participants become stable and live more productive lives.

The County is investing $16 million in support of Project One For All in the fiscal year starting July 1 and $19 million the following year. Funding comes from a mix of sources, including Mental Health Services Act, state and federal funds. In addition, the County and City of San Diego housing authorities are contributing $4 million in housing vouchers to the project in the coming fiscal year and $9 million next year.

The County has also integrated the Department of Housing and Community Development into the Health and Human Services Agency in support of the project. The merger will become effective in July.

Under the program, hospitalizations, emergency calls for transport and law enforcement responses to psychiatric emergencies are expected to decrease.

In the coming year, HHSA also plans to expand outreach, engagement and treatment services and launch landlord recruitment and incentive programs.

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