The city of San Diego and its partner organizations opened a new bridge shelter Tuesday for the city’s homeless residents, helping them transition into permanent housing.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Councilman Chris Ward joined representatives of the San Diego Housing Commission and the Alpha Project to open the 128-bed shelter at the corner of 17th Street and Imperial Avenue.
The new facility is the fourth such shelter opened in the last two years and will bring the total number of homeless shelter beds to 793. The other three shelters — run by the Alpha Project, Veterans Village of San Diego and Father Joe’s Villages — offer multiple services and amenities, including showers, restrooms, 24-hour security, job training and drug and alcohol abuse counseling.
Each of the existing shelters serves a different population: single adults, veterans and single women and families. The new shelter is designed to be more flexible and assist more than one group at a time.
“Our bridge shelter program has drawn cities and agencies from across the U.S. to San Diego to see how we’re successfully getting people off the streets,” said Faulconer.
The shelter’s opening puts San Diego on a path to achieve one of the targets in the city’s new Community Action Plan on Homelessness released last month. The plan cites a need to add 350 to 500 crisis response options like new shelter beds or diversion programs.
The city first established the shelters in 2017 following the region’s hepatitis A outbreak, which killed 20 people and infected dozens more, many of them homeless. The City Council approved 12-month extensions for all three shelters in June.
— From Staff and Wire Reports
>> Subscribe to Times of San Diego’s free daily email newsletter! Click hereFollow Us: