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Mayor Gloria, Housing Commission Announce Opening of New Family Shelter


Aug. 11, 2023

Housing Commission:

SAN DIEGO – Continuing efforts to address the homelessness crisis with a diverse array of shelters and services, Mayor Todd Gloria and the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) today announced the opening of a new shelter for families.

The first families to reside at the new shelter – a former motel in Barrio Logan – will relocate from the Golden Hall Bridge Shelter.

“The opening of this shelter for families experiencing homelessness is an important part of our comprehensive shelter strategy and the latest step in our wide-ranging approach toward addressing homelessness in San Diego,” Mayor Todd Gloria said. “This facility is a major upgrade over the congregate shelter at Golden Hall. Forty-two unhoused families will now have private rooms -- a far better living environment, especially for children.”

The shelter program will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Residents will receive supportive services such as case management and help to locate permanent or longer-term housing, childcare and employment. The program will also provide basic services, such as three meals per day, private restrooms, laundry facilities, telephone access, messaging services and mail services.

“These unhoused families need our help. That is why this shelter program is so important,” SDHC Vice Chair Clumpner said. “This shelter program for families is one step in a comprehensive approach to provide shelter and housing options to meet the unique needs of unhoused residents.”

SDHC is contracting with Alpha Project to operate the Family Shelter program while the City’s Homelessness Strategies and Solutions Department administers the site lease. Approximately $2.5 million, consisting of a combination of the City General Fund and Community Development Block Grant funds, will support shelter operations.

As part of a plan to relocate the existing shelter for families and transition-age youth from Golden Hall, Mayor Gloria announced in February 2023 that this former motel would be the site for shelter for families experiencing homelessness.

This shelter follows several other shelter openings during Mayor Gloria’s tenure, including Seniors Landing in Little Italy; a Safe Haven shelter in Old Town for people with acute behavioral health challenges; the Harm Reduction shelter and the Rosecrans Shelter, both in Midway; Rachel’s Promise, a shelter for women in Downtown operated by Catholic Charities; and a shelter with services tailored specifically for unhoused LGBTQ+ transitional-age youth. SDHC administers the contracts for the Harm Reduction shelter, Rosecrans Shelter, Rachel’s Promise and the transition-age youth shelter, along with several additional shelter programs.