San Diego

El Cajon to hold meeting with motel owners about homeless vouchers

Mayor of El Cajon says county was invited to Friday meeting however decline.

SAN DIEGO — El Cajon’s mayor and the county are as soon as once more exchanging phrases over the homelessness and inflow of individuals utilizing vouchers to keep in El Cajon motels.

The police division in El Cajon Police mentioned it has arrested plenty of individuals utilizing the lodge vouchers. 

Some had felony histories and even felony arrest warrants.

“After they arrested a couple people, they went into their hotel rooms and found methamphetamines, scales, packaging to sell drugs so we’re pretty sure the county is not vetting people before they’re sending them to these programs,” mentioned Mayor Bill Wells.

Wells believes his metropolis is getting used as a dumping floor, however the county says that’s misinformation. He mentioned he invited the county to a meeting with the lodge owners and police this Friday.

“The hotel owners really wanted the county to be there but the county said no they thought it’d be inappropriate to be involved with those meetings,” mentioned Mayor Wells. “In fact they didn’t want to talk to our folks on the phone they just wanted our questions in writing.”

CBS 8 reached out to the county about the arrests on the motels. 

Supervisor Joel Anderson despatched the next assertion: 

“I’ve asked County staff to investigate and I’m eager to learn all the details. Like El Cajon, our primary concern is community safety.”  

San Diego County has 18 accommodations concerned within the voucher program and eight of these are in El Cajon. 

Wells mentioned two motels in El Cajon are working as homeless shelters illegally as a result of 100% of their occupants had been homeless. Several accommodations obtained warning notices final week.

“Our intention is not to fine anybody. I think they though they were doing this for a government program and in good faith so I understand that,” mentioned Wells.

He says if a lodge has greater than one-quarter of individuals utilizing homeless vouchers then the lodge will probably be in violation. 

The high quality is $100 a day and a fourth violation goes up to $100 a day. 

WATCH RELATED: El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, Chair Nathan Fletcher at odds over lodge vouchers for homeless (September 2022)

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