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State may create fund to pay rent for those on brink of homelessness

Posted at 5:50 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 20:50:28-05

A proposed state fund would pay rent for people on the brink of eviction to help them avoid homelessness.

The $750 million fund is a key part of Gov. Gavin Newsom's budget proposal to address the state's homeless crisis.

The fund, called the California Access to Housing and Services fund, could also be used to support the creation of more housing units and help stabilize board and care housing facilities.

Newsom is proposing a $1.4 billion plan as part of his annual budget. Of that, $695 million would go to investments in Medi-Cal.

The proposal also calls for the state using its own excess land for the site of new shelters. That includes open space near freeways, decommissioned hospitals and fairgrounds.

The Del Mar Fairgrounds board has held preliminary discussions adding housing on the property.

In San Diego County, excess property locations are also in downtown, El Cajon and Oceanside.

An additional location deemed excess has instead been assigned to serve as a shelter for migrants seeking asylum. Jewish Family Service will operate the facility, and has requested the location not be disclosed due to security reasons.

The current migrant shelter at the old family courthouse downtown at 6th and Cedar will close Dec. 31 for redevelopment.