San Bernardino’s Housing and Homeless Division is now being overseen by the city manager’s office.
City Manager Charles Montoya announced the temporary move in response to a recent federal court order that bans the city from moving homeless people from their place of encampment, according to a statement on the city’s website.
“Housing and homelessness are two of the city’s top priorities,” Montoya said in the statement. “We have several large projects to complete in a short period of time and must ensure that the recent temporary injunction restricting our ability to address encampments is lifted quickly.”
San Bernardino recently received a state grant of nearly $35 million to build its Community Wellness Campus, which it’s developing with the Lutheran Social Services of Southern California. That project will have 140 housing units for homeless men.
The city is also developing a $21 million homeless navigation center at the former School of Hope site on 6th Street which will have 224 housing units in its first phase.
“We can’t put these projects on pause,” Montoya said. “The clock is ticking to get them accomplished.”