The City of Carlsbad would like the community’s input as it prepares to implement a broad package of initiatives designed to meet the City Council’s goal of reducing the number of people experiencing homelessness. Homelessness has emerged as a top community concern in recent years, prompting the City Council to make it one of its top goals.
The city will gather input through four virtual town hall style meetings and an online survey. Topics will include:
Sharing information about the city’s existing programs and upcoming initiatives to reduce homelessness.
Gathering input from the community that will help shape the direction and implementation of the city’s initiatives.
Addressing misinformation about homelessness programs and answering the public’s questions.
Each meeting will be attended by a City Council member from one of the four City Council districts. Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting for their district. To find your district, enter your address in this link or look on this map. All meetings are open to the public. After signing up through the links below, participants will receive a link to the meeting via email. Persons with a disability may request meeting materials in appropriate alternative formats as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Reasonable accommodations and auxiliary aids will be provided to effectively allow participation in the meeting(s). Please contact Sue Armstrong at 760-434-5352 (voice), 711 (free relay service for TTY users) or email@example.com at least 48 hours prior to the meeting to discuss accessibility needs.
The City Council’s homelessness goal is to: Reduce the homeless unsheltered population, among those who want help, by 50% within five years (and provide quarterly progress reports until the city hits that goal). Among the new programs that will be included in the city budget for fiscal year 2021-22 are:
Hire a new contractor specializing in helping people access disability and social security benefits, CalWORKS and CalFresh benefits, veteran benefits, stimulus checks, employment programs and other aid available.
Leverage county resources including the North County Homeless Pilot Program and a countywide homeless outreach program contract for additional outreach support.
Enhance clinical services at the La Posada Emergency Shelter in Carlsbad.
Operate a one-year hotel/motel room voucher pilot program to provide shelter for women, families, people living in encampments, and those with underlying medical conditions and over the age of 65. Carlsbad has no emergency shelter for women, who make up nearly a third of its identified homeless population. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is a source of funds for the program through September 2021.
Extend and expand the Community Resource Center rapid rehousing program that provides short to medium term rental assistance to help households experiencing homelessness secure and maintain housing with appropriate resources.
Form a homeless action subcommittee of the City Council to address local and regional goals related to homelessness. The subcommittee is considered a standing committee, rather than an ad hoc or temporary committee. This means it will operate similar to other city boards and commissions, with meetings held in public with an opportunity for public input. The first meeting will be held on Monday, May 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. Members of the community can participate by watching the live stream and submitting public comments in advance of the meeting.
These efforts build on the city’s homeless response plan, which was initiated in 2017. Ongoing efforts include a specially trained Homeless Outreach Team in the Police Department, contracts with social workers, a housing navigator, encampment cleanups and regional collaboration.
Input gathered through the meetings and online survey will be presented June 24 to the City Council Homeless Action Subcommittee. A report will be prepared to summarize the input received at the town hall meetings and through the online survey. The subcommittee will review the report and help guide the implementation of the city’s homeless program and serve as a forum for public engagement.