Homeless tents in downtown San Diego
Homeless tents on set up on 16th Street in downtown San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is set to boost city funding for Wheels of Change, a public-private partnership that provides job opportunities and professional development to homeless people living at the Alpha Project Bridge Shelter.

The city is doubling its investment in the program this fiscal year for a total of $250,000, according to an official with the mayor’s office. Faulconer is scheduled to announce the addition funding during a press conference Monday morning at the Alpha Project Bridge Shelter downtown.

Initially launched as a pilot in July 2018, Wheels of Change aims to help homeless people work toward a better life. Participants in the program work in collaboration with the city’s Clean SD initiative to remove litter and debris.

The mayor will be joined by Alpha Project President and CEO Bob McElroy, the Lucky Duck Foundation and bridge shelter residents to make the announcement.

With increased investments from the City of San Diego, the Lucky Duck Foundation and many other philanthropic donors, the program has been expanded from three shifts per week to ten shifts per week with an additional van to transport workers. Wheels of Change participants earn $13 per hour with 20 individuals working per day.

— Staff report