Construction Begins On Permanent Homeless Shelter
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Aired 1/26/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Kevin Faulconer, San Diego City Councilmember, (District 2)
Peter Callstrom, executive director of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless
Work on the former site of the World Trade Center at 1250 Sixth Avenue for a permanent downtown homeless shelter actually began a month ago, with crews demolishing the insides of the existing structure, according to the developer.
Officials with People Assisting The Homeless - or PATH - told the Centre City Development Corp. board of directors Wednesday that they remain on track to open many of the new housing units by early November.
When finished, the facility will include 73 permanent housing units, 150 beds of interim housing, a health care clinic and a social services center.
The new shelter will eliminate the need for city officials to open a temporary cold-weather shelter every winter.