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Assemblymember Brian Maienschein Announces $750,000 Dollars For The San Diego Homelessness Outreach Task Force

For immediate release:

The Multidisciplinary Outreach Program will help support the Community Action Plan on Homelessness for the City of San Diego.

SAN DIEGO— On October 5, 2023, Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, along with Mayor Todd Gloria and Council President Sean Elo-Rivera, announced efforts that resulted in $750,000 in funds awarded to the City’s Multidisciplinary Outreach program, which the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) administers. Assemblymember Maienschein secured these funds during the 2023-2024 state budget process.

“While there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the problem of homelessness, we can still make a difference by offering assistance to those who are in immediate need,” said Assemblymember Maienschein. Mayor Todd Gloria added, “We all know that housing ends homelessness, but we need dedicated outreach workers out in our communities connecting unsheltered residents with housing opportunities. I want to thank Assemblymember Maienschein for helping fund the Housing Commission’s Multidisciplinary Outreach Program so we can reach more people where they are and get them the help they need.”

The funds will enable the program to increase services to more individuals experiencing homelessness. With initial funding the City Council allocated for this purpose, SDHC created the Multidisciplinary Outreach Program to help support the Community Action Plan on Homelessness for the City of San Diego. The team works directly with individuals and families experiencing unsheltered homelessness by providing housing and specialized supported services. Specialized supported services include: development of an individualized care plan consisting of emergency, permanent or other longer-term housing options, self-sufficiency assistance and stabilization strategies; referrals to County, State, and Federal programs, nonprofits and social services agencies, as appropriate; and access to medical care, transportation, mental health care, and substance abuse resources as quickly as possible, when appropriate.

“Ultimately, our homelessness crisis is a humanitarian crisis. Making meaningful progress in addressing that crisis requires a human-centered approach to meet people’s unique needs — especially those who are struggling the most. Thankfully, we can do that by building on the knowledge that we’ve gained in our past work,” mentioned San Diego City Council President Sean Elo-Rivera.

“I would like to thank PATH and Father Joe’s Villages, as well as the nurses, clinical outreach specialists, and counselors, for their commitment to the Multidisciplinary Outreach Program,” continued Assemblymember Maienschein.

Assemblymember Brian Maienschein secured $5 million in funds for multiple projects throughout the City of San Diego in this legislative year’s budget.