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Two New Homeless Shelters Operating In North County

After eight years in an empty warehouse, the Vista winter shelter finally raised enough money to renovate and build a new compound around a small courtyard. It has a dozen rooms and 46 beds for homeless families.

Aired 3/7/13 on KPBS News.

Two new homeless shelters are opening in North County. Both of them have been years in the making.

Beth Halleck, Director of Operation Hope, said construction delayed the opening three months, but the families that have moved in will have time to get the help they need to get back on their feet.

“We are full,” she said. “We have all our bed occupied. We have 24 children and the rest are adults: one father and the rest are women. We’re still going to stay open four months. It takes about four months to get case management worked through and get things going for the clients.”

The project includes a learning center where clients learn skills like computing. Hallek said construction of two new buildings and renovation of a third cost about $700,000. It came mostly from private donations. Local cities also contributed to the shelter, which has an annual budget of about $175,000. Operation Hope will now focus on raising money to keep the shelter open year round, so clients can cycle through at any time.

Meanwhile in Carlsbad, Catholic Charities is nearing completion on a permanent shelter for farm workers, all men. Sister Raymonda Duvall said it will replace temporary structures at La Posada de Guadalupe that have housed farm workers for the last 20 years.

“We think it’s important to get the farm workers out of the fields,” she said, “out of the canyons, to give them a place where it's safe, warm and clean. Where they have access to case management and help in finding a permanent place to live.”

The new buildings, which include two dormitories with 50 beds each, and one communal area, cost $2.4 million. Most of the money came from mitigation fees charged developers when land previously used for agriculture is turned over for development.

Some of the men may be transported from as far away as Escondido. Duvall said the buildings are designed to be flexible so they can be modified to provide services for changing needs. There will be a ribbon cutting later this summer.

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Alex_Grebenshchikov | March 7, 2013 at 9:09 a.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

"Meanwhile in Carlsbad, Catholic Charities is nearing completion on a permanent shelter for farm workers, all men."
“We think it’s important to get the farm workers out of the fields.... Where they have access to case management and help in finding a permanent place to live.”
"The new buildings......cost $2.4 million. Most of the money came from mitigation fees charged developers"

I didn't know there are so many legal resident farm workers that have no place to live. Well, since they are already being brought in from the far reaches of San Diego to the new shelter, why not just bring them down to the new multi-million dollar, high-rise, bay view homeless shelter at the old world trade building downtown. It is beautiful and they can live there for free. It is just magically paid for, no need to feel like tax payers are being burdened.

On the other hand, if these people are illegal immigrants, how can it be legal to charge developers a fee to raise money to build a $2.4 million dollar permanent shelter for them. Developers are being charged money to help pay for illegal criminals to continue to break the law with greater ease.

Here is another great idea - we should build a monorail that encircles the city. The lowest 47% of earners can all ride it for free, while the upper 53% of earners can pay an extra high fare because the lower 47% are entitled to some of that money, just because. The illegal immigrants can use the monorail to get from the fields to the beautiful shelters, and everyone will enjoy utopia. Just an idea.

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TyaSmith | March 9, 2013 at 4 a.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

With all the money that these super stars make can't they find it out the kindness of their hearts to donate to American organizations. Yes, third world countries are suffering, but the American's are suffering as well. Can't we show the same compassion as to third world countries to our own. It saddens me that we can walk by our own people and not want to help them out. Hopefully, someday I can open up my own organization and help end homelessness.

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