With the start of the City of Carlsbad's new fiscal year July 1, additional resources are now available to address issues related to homelessness.
The City Council approved the following increases to support the city's Homeless Response Plan, which takes a compassionate enforcement approach.
One new sergeant and two new officers to the Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team, which will allow specially trained officers to be available seven days a week. The city previously had two full time officers supervised by a police sergeant who also oversaw other specialized teams.
A full-time manager for the city’s Homeless Response Plan.
A “housing navigator” position to help people find rental housing.
These new staff positions will join the existing members of the Homeless Outreach Team and other programs, including grants for affordable housing and temporary shelters, social workers contracted through Interfaith Community Services, a resource guide and other support.