City to Open Temporary Shelter for Homeless Behind Goodwill in Midway District

by on October 4, 2017 · 0 comments

in Ocean Beach

Called a temporary “bridge-to-housing” shelter for homeless people, the City of San Diego plans to open such a facility in the Midway District. With city hopes that it will open by December, the local site to house more than a hundred people is behind the Goodwill building along the 2700 block of Sports Arena Boulevard, and will be run by the Veterans Village of San Diego.

The Midway location is one of three temporary shelters the City plans to open. The others are:

  • The parking lot on Father Joe’s Villages campus at 14th and Commercial Streets in the East Village.
  • A vacated street at 16th Street and Newton Avenue with a shelter operated by Alpha Project.

It’s all part of San Diego’s goal of reducing homelessness and combating the regional hepatitis A outbreak.

The Midway site will – as each of them will –  consist of a large, industrial tent with more than 100 beds with restrooms, showers, meals and 24-hour security.

Veterans Village, the service provider,  will offer supportive services and connections to health care, alcohol and substance abuse counseling and job search training.

The City announcement of the openings also stated:

The total cost of operating the bridge shelters will be finalized in the coming weeks following further discussions with service providers and then Mayor Faulconer will seek City Council approval for funds to operate the shelters. The City is also exploring adding more bridge shelters in the future at other locations.

These new bridge shelters will operate alongside the City’s current interim housing program at Father Joe’s Villages – an indoor facility with 350 beds and supportive services for homeless individuals and veterans that is open every single night of the year.


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