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The City of Carlsbad is committed to addressing the problem of homelessness in our community and has devoted local resources toward this goal. To meet the goals of the City Council's 5-Year Strategic Plan, staff are implementing an updated Homelessness Action Plan to reduce homelessness and its effects on the community. 

The Homelessness Action Plan continues the city's strategy of focusing on programs that will make the biggest difference for Carlsbad.


Progress updates

Staff provide regular progress updates to the City Council on the progress made toward reducing homelessness and its effects on the community. The annual report for fiscal year 2022-23 was shared in November 2023. 

Fiscal Year 2022-23 annual report (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023)
Fiscal Year 2022-23 first semiannual report (July 1 - Dec. 31, 2022)
Fifth quarterly report (July 1 - Sept. 30, 2022)
Fourth quarterly report (April 1 - June 30, 2022)
Third quarterly report (Jan. 1 - March 31, 2022)
Second quarterly report (Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, 2021)
First quarterly report (July 1 - Sept. 30, 2021)

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    Federal housing grants awarded

    The Carlsbad City Council on Tuesday awarded $518,215 in federal grants to local organizations with programs that prevent and reduce homelessness, preserve affordable housing and provide fair housing services in Carlsbad.

    05/08/2024 9:07 AM

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    Grant to address homelessness

    Last week, the state announced the latest recipients of grant funding to address homeless encampments. The cities of Carlsbad and Oceanside applied jointly and were awarded $11.4 million to address encampments along State Route 78.

    04/25/2024 4:35 PM

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    Affordable housing report

    A visionary approach to funding affordable housing more than 30 years ago has resulted in the creation of 2,300 homes in Carlsbad affordable for those making between 30% to 80% of the area’s median income.

    02/08/2024 10:29 AM

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    2024 Point in Time count

    Thursday was the annual Point in Time count, an organized, nationwide effort to collect data on homelessness on the same day over a four-hour period. For the West Coast, the count starts at 4 a.m.


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    Grants ease city cost to reduce homelessness

    On Tuesday city staff presented the City Council with a proposed funding strategy for next fiscal year’s implementation of our Homelessness Action Plan.


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    Community grants

    In a few months, the Carlsbad City Council will decide how to distribute an estimated $518,215 in federal grants for community projects that help people with low incomes.


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    Addressing encampments

    On Tuesday, the City Council accepted a $2.3 million state grant that will help address homeless encampments in the downtown Village area. One of the City Council's top goals is to prevent and reduce homelessness and its effects on our community.


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    Reducing homelessness in Carlsbad

    The city’s homeless response team provided an update to the City Council at this week’s meeting, noting the city's progress in the first half of the fiscal year, which lasted from July through December 2022.

    06/23/2023 9:16 AM

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    Number of homeless in Carlsbad down 13%

    The number of people experiencing homelessness in Carlsbad has decreased by 13% since 2022, based on the latest regional count, released June 8. Get the data.


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    Progress continues on homelessness

    The City Council approved actions that will continue the city’s progress on reducing homelessness and its effects on the local community.

    02/08/2023 6:18 PM

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    Expanding Carlsbad’s only homeless shelter

    The City of Carlsbad has secured a $2 million grant from the County of San Diego to expand Carlsbad’s only homeless shelter to be able to serve women and those with children for the first time in the shelter’s 30-year history.


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    Carlsbad makes progress on efforts to reduce homelessness

    The City of Carlsbad helped 18 people experiencing homelessness find permanent housing between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2022, one of several key milestones toward the city’s goal of reducing homelessness.


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    Witnesses sought in serious injury bicycle collision on Ponto Drive north of Breakwater Road

    On September 28, at 5:25 p.m., the City of Carlsbad Police Department responded to a report of a bicyclist down near the intersection of Carlsbad Boulevard and Breakwater Road.


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    Homeless program results in 62 finding housing

    The City of Carlsbad helped 62 people experiencing homelessness transition into permanent housing during the 2021-22 fiscal year.

    08/29/2022 11:59 PM

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    Help with home projects

    The City of Carlsbad has a unique program that connects people who need jobs with people who need workers.

    07/01/2022 12:12 PM

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    Housing and homeless solutions

    The Carlsbad City Council approved two agreements this week aimed at creating opportunities for lower-income residents and people experiencing homelessness.


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    City homeless program seeing positive results

    City staff reported Tuesday that steady progress continues on efforts to reduce homelessness in Carlsbad.

    06/09/2022 1:30 PM

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    Enhancing services at homeless shelter

    This week the City Council approved a grant to enhance clinical services at Carlsbad’s only emergency homeless shelter, another step in the city’s work to reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness in Carlsbad.