Our region is grappling with the critical
need for all types of housing opportunities for our most vulnerable
populations. The county has dedicated $50 million dollars to an
Innovative Housing Trust Fund and spent more than $225 million last
year on housing and services for people experiencing homelessness.
Despite these large investments, there are areas of extreme
vulnerability that still exist.
In late June, I brought forward a proposal to make three strategic investments to address critical areas of vulnerability and immediately increase emergency housing for three vulnerable populations. This will assist the Palomar Family YMCA in purchasing a property for transitional youth housing, and Interfaith Community Services in purchasing a facility for recuperative care and temporary housing. It will also dedicate funds to a safe emergency shelter for minors who are rescued from sex trafficking.
I believe we must continue to make investments in the capacity of organizations that provide these essential programs and services to our community. We must allow them the flexibility to offer care in a person-centered way to foster individual success.
San Diego County has the third largest population of military veterans in the country. As they transition from uniform to civilian clothes it's crucial that our region has ample resources for them to succeed. I partnered with the San Diego Business Journal on a special edition that highlights several of the incredible, local non-profits that provide valuable services to our transitioning military. If you didn't see it, the SDBJ provided this link for that special section: https://bit.ly/2WvY2h1
Proud to partner with Saved in America in its effort to rescue young girls from the horrors of sex trafficking. Joseph Travers and his team of retired law enforcement officers, former Navy SEALs, and other special ops members, volunteer their time and use their skills to help law enforcement officers track down missing girls. Along with Supervisors Greg Cox, and former Supervisors Ron Roberts and Bill Horn, I was happy to help contribute funds for the RV they’ll use on rescue operations.
Thank you to those who made the time to come by and talk about veterans services and issues that members of the military face as they transition into civilian life. Kettle Coffee & Tea in Escondido was kind enough to offer us some space to discuss the important services available for veterans and transition service members in San Diego County. For those of you who could not attend but would like information about some of the resources offered by the County, our community partners and non-profits, the San Diego Business Journal did a special section highlighting them which can be found in this link: https://bit.ly/2WvY2h1
My heart goes out to the family of the 2 year old girl who recently drowned after falling into her grandparents' pool in Oceanside. As a mother of 3, I understand how difficult it is to keep an eye on our children every second. However, there are some things we can do to help ensure their safety. Make sure your children know how to swim! The Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego offers kids free swim lessons at 23 locations around the county. This is a list of those locations: https://bit.ly/2WgOWEV. They also provide free "Water Watcher" tags and whistles, designating an adult to watch kids at all times when they’re in or around water. You can pick up a Water Watcher tag at any San Diego fire station or at these locations: https://bit.ly/2XaC0AJ. Let's stay vigilant!