Encinitas, CA - The City of Encinitas is engaged with the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) and local charitable organizations, the Community Resource Center (CRC) and Jewish Family Service to help protect residents experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Those experiencing homelessness are some of the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak because they do not have access to a safe place to stay at home per the Governor’s order, nor do unsheltered people have a place to self-isolate if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
On March 18, the Encinitas City Council took action to assist the City’s unsheltered homeless population with emergency shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City implemented a Temporary Emergency Shelter Motel Voucher Program with the Community Resource Center serving as the service provider. This program provides emergency shelter to the homeless in Encinitas. So far, the Community Resource Center has provided 61 motel vouchers, which is providing shelter to 83 individuals. The Community Resource Center is also coordinating with Jewish Family Service to provide motel vouchers to anyone currently in the Safe Parking Lot Program who wants to participate in the motel voucher program.
In addition, the San Diego County HHSA has secured hotel rooms for anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19 and are unable to self-isolate. If an unsheltered person in Encinitas is identified as having symptoms, they can access one of San Diego County HHSA’s available rooms.
Other steps being taken by the City include:
- Public restrooms are being sanitized and serviced twice daily
- Handwashing stations are in place throughout the City
- Coordinating with the County to provide hygiene kits to unsheltered individuals
- Providing educational and awareness information about COVID-19
Programs & Services
The Community Resource Center, located at 650 Second Street, is providing services through their Food and Nutrition Center, as well as their Integrative Services and Domestic Violence programs. The hours of operation for the CRC Food and Nutrition Center and Integrative Services Program are from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Those in need of assistance outside of these hours can email [email protected] or call (760) 753-8300.
Jewish Family Service continues to operate the Safe Parking Lot Program, which is currently at capacity with 25 cars.
For the most up to date information on the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit https://encinitasca.gov/COVID-19-UPDATES.
For information or questions, please contact Tom Bokosky, Director of Human Resources at (760) 633-2631 or [email protected].