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Port of San Diego Joins Alpha Project To Tackle Homelessness Along Bayfront

Evening Edition

Aired 1/9/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Bob McElroy, CEO and President, Alpha Project

Dolores Diaz, Executive Director, Regional Task Force on the Homeless


The Port of San Diego and the nonprofit Alpha Project plan to form a partnership Tuesday aimed at reducing homelessness along the bayfront.

Under a $50,000 contract with the port, the Alpha Project will try to get homeless people off the streets over the next six months. The Alpha Project, which operates the city of San Diego's cold weather shelter, will also develop longer-term plans to deal with homelessness along the bay.

According to the port, the number of homeless people along the waterfront is increasing, based on police calls for service, tidelands maintenance and homeless census counts.

A contract signing ceremony is scheduled for noon at Ruocco Park next to Tuna Harbor.

The port administers San Diego Bay and adjacent waterfront in Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego.

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Avatar for user 'muckapoo1'

muckapoo1 | January 7, 2014 at 9:21 a.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

Would it be too mean to take them 100 miles south and give them a 1 way vacation? Put them up in a motel for the night. BYE-BYE. LOL

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JanetSanDiego | January 9, 2014 at 12:28 p.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

Yes, it would be too mean.
Side topic perhaps, but my question is about a graph I saw recently (SD Rescue Mission?) showing the disparity between San Diego's federal funding toward solving homelessness versus the number of homeless we have here. It is a warm climate so we have so many more homeless than many other cities in the U.S., and yet we receive significantly less funding to tackle it. What is being done about this? Sounds like we need a lot more lobbying efforts in this area of city/county government.

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