Mayor Todd Gloria introduced Friday that San Diego will briefly use a former motel on Palm Avenue as a non-congregate transitional shelter for homeless San Diegans who’ve entry to a housing voucher or a pathway to everlasting housing.
“I’ve promised San Diegans we’d go away no stone unturned as we create extra alternatives for unsheltered of us to come back off the streets, and the Palm Avenue interim shelter is an ideal instance of that strategy,” Gloria stated. “We’ll proceed to show unused metropolis belongings into shelter each time doable to provide unhoused individuals an opportunity to attach with the providers and assets they should finish their homelessness.”
The Palm Avenue constructing has 22 rooms accessible, with 42 whole on- website, and gives a shared kitchen and communal areas, assembly and case- administration areas, out of doors areas and laundry services. The shelter started accepting tenants Might 17 and is housing 17 seniors who’ve vouchers and are awaiting a match to everlasting housing. One 70-year-old veteran has already exited the shelter into everlasting housing.
Precedence for the rooms is given to these 55 or older who’ve entry to speedy rehousing help, a pathway to everlasting supportive housing or a housing voucher, in keeping with a metropolis assertion.
The constructing was bought and refurbished for the San Diego Misdemeanants At-Danger Monitor program, a diversion program created by the Metropolis Legal professional’s Workplace for “continual misdemeanor offenders with acute drug habit and sophisticated social service wants,” in keeping with this system.
San Diego’s buy and transformation of the motel on Palm Avenue was accredited by the Metropolis Council in 2017 and served households experiencing homelessness on the top of the pandemic. Since then, town has opened household shelters elsewhere and has used the chance to make use of the constructing as a non-congregate shelter for single adults.
The ability will function as an interim shelter till the SMART program by the Metropolis Legal professional’s Workplace and County Behavioral Well being providers is able to launch, someday this fall.
Referrals into the shelter come from homeless service suppliers equivalent to San Diego Housing Fee, PATH, Father Joe’s Villages and Alpha Challenge, in addition to the county.
Final 12 months, the Regional Process Drive on Homelessness estimated that the variety of first-time homeless individuals within the county grew from 2,326 in 2019 to 4,152 in 2020, a 79% enhance. An annual point-in-time rely discovered 8,427 individuals experiencing homelessness throughout San Diego County, a minimal quantity. Between Oct. 1, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021, greater than 36,500 San Diegans interacted with homeless providers, that means the true variety of San Diegans residing with out everlasting housing might be far larger.
— Metropolis Information Service