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East County News Service

March 31, 2023 (El Cajon) -- Homelessness is the most significant issue impacting cities across the nation, includingEl Cajon.. The El Cajon City Council wants to hear your ideas, experiences, and frustrations about homelessness during a series of four Town Hall workshops hosted throughout the City.  In this high participation format of workshops, residents will break into groups and discuss pressing issues around homeless topics. The dates are April 4, 15 and 26 as well as May 4.

Feedback from the workshops will help the City generate additional programs and approaches to address the impacts of homelessness in the community.

Currently, the City offers 13 unique programs to help secure permanent housing for those experiencing homelessness and aim to keep our neighborhoods free of encampments from those who reject assistance and choose to remain on the streets. Despite these efforts, the City realizes that much more needs to be done to address the impacts of homelessness.

The City invites the community to attend one of four Community Town Halls scheduled on:   

  • Tuesday, April 4, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

    Renette Recreation Center, 925 S. Emerald Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020

  • Saturday, April 15, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Hillside Recreation Center, 840 Buena Terrace, El Cajon, CA 92020
  • Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

    Wells Park Recreation Center, 1153 E. Madison Ave., El Cajon, CA 92021

  • Thursday, May 4, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

    Bostonia Recreation Center, 1049 Bostonia St., El Cajon, CA 92021


For additional information on the City’s current programs, visit www.elcajon.gov/homelessness or call (619) 441-1716.





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