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Homeless Response Plan

The city's efforts are guided by its Homeless Response Plan, which includes the following components: 

See the Homeless Response Plan implementation status as of 12-31-20


homeless outreach team in the Police Department made up of specially trained police officers who make regular contact with people experiencing homelessness to form relationships, offer referrals to services and ensure they are complying with the law.


Regular cleanup of encampments to reduce public health and safety risks and other impacts to the community. (NOTE: Due to COVID-19 health restrictions, cleanups have been temporarily suspended.

  Contract with licensed clinicians to work with individuals experiencing homelessness and link them to services and support.
   Increase the supply of affordable housing.
  Provide funding for homeless programs serving those in Carlsbad, including La Posada de Guadalupe men’s shelter, Interfaith Community Services Carlsbad Service Center and the Carlsbad Hiring Center
  Coordinate a more comprehensive “point in time” annual homeless count in partnership with the Regional Task Force on Homeless San Diego.
  Address the numerous legal constraints that limit legislative and law enforcement powers with regard to homeless individuals.
  Connect with regional task forces, nonprofit service providers and other community coalitions to identify additional resources for meeting the needs of Carlsbad’s homeless.
  Ensure regular coordination among members of the city’s homeless response team to coordinate efforts affecting parks, open space, encampments, housing, public health and law enforcement


More information

Holly Nelson, Senior Homeless Program Manager 

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