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Homeless services to be expanded in San Diego County

Posted at 2:42 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 17:42:50-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego County Supervisors approved Tuesday new measures to expand homeless services in unincorporated areas.

The Board of Supervisors gave a green light to expand the homeless outreach team (HART), offer more hotel vouchers, and buy and convert existing apartments and motels to permanent housing.

One location being considered is 11970 Singer Lane in Spring Valley, not far from Rancho San Diego businesses.

“This is a long march, and this is just another step in that march to try to get to healing,” Supervisor Jim Desmond told 10News.

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“Like in the city of San Diego and the rest of California, homelessness has become a huge concern in the suburban and rural parts of our region. Today’s board vote opens the door to creating a comprehensive approach to homelessness that includes immediate and long-range measures,” said Supervisor Dianne Jacob in a news release.

Supervisors asked county staff members to take action and report back to the board Feb. 25.

Funding for the projects would come from the Health and Human Services budget. An exact figure was not determined.