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New Location for Homeless Winter Shelter

San Diego city council will consider this week where to put the emergency winter shelter for the homeless. Efforts to find a permanent location have not yet materialized. KPBS reporter Alison St Joh

New Location for Homeless Winter Shelter

San Diego city council will consider this week where to put the emergency winter shelter for the homeless. Efforts to find a permanent location have not yet materialized.   KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

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The issue of where to put the big winter shelter tent creates problems every year, but this year the city council is tackling it well ahead of time.  

Thirteen sites were considered but only one  is thought to be viable : a vacant lot at the corner of Island Avenue and 16 th , just north west of PetCo Park.

Bob McElroy is head of the Alpha Project , which runs the shelter. He says the housing foreclosure crisis means more people will be looking for help this year.

McElroy : We have people coming now seeking assistance who were home owners a year and a half ago and not they’ve gone through fore closure, their credit’s ruined and they are essentially homeless and we’re trying to house these people.

McElroy says the emergency winter shelter will only house about 230 adults a night, the same number as last year.

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The Regional Task Force for the Homeless estimates over 4 thousand homeless people live in the city of San Diego, but fewer than 2500 are in year round shelters beds.  

Alison St John, KPBS news.  

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