New Effort Launched to Bring Services to All Seriously Mentally Ill Homeless
County Chairman Ron Roberts and Supervisor Greg Cox today announced the launch of Project One For All, an initiative to bring wrap-around 24/7 services to the region’s seriously mentally ill homeless population.
“Our goal with Project One for All is to get the severely mentally ill off the streets and into treatment,” said Chairman Ron Roberts. “We have a working model with the city of San Diego and others, and now is the time to commit the funds that give all our partners the confidence to jump on board.”
Roberts and Cox have been spearheading the County’s efforts with cities, regional community organizations and service providers to help the homeless. In August, they announced $10 million to help fund construction of new housing for mentally ill homeless. Today’s announcement calls from committing additional Mental Health Services Act funds to this population.
“The County can’t do it alone,’ said Cox. “We must actively depend on our partners outside of the unincorporated area of the County for the housing. We have to join hands, not point fingers. We have to work together, not apart, to get things done.”
Roberts and Cox were joined at today’s press conference by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. Between them, those two mayors represent cities that are home to 71 percent of the region’s homeless.
“What we’re doing today is truly bringing our region together to break down the bureaucratic barriers that often stand in the way of getting help to people with severe mental health issues,” said Mayor Faulconer. “Pairing City housing vouchers with County funding is going to play a huge role in helping San Diego’s homeless individuals and veterans transition off the streets for good.”
Chula Vista Mayor Salas has been active in working on regional solutions to homeless.
“Project One For All will provide full services to the individual on a 24 hours per day, seven days per week basis with a ‘whatever it takes’ approach,” said Mayor Salas. “This is a great project and Chula Vista stands shoulder to shoulder with the County of San Diego and the City of San Diego to help.”
The “Project One For All” initiative advanced by Roberts and Cox is scheduled to go before the full Board of Supervisors for a vote on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016.