Tents, Clothes, Personal Items May Start Piling Up Now That Homeless Storage Facility Is Full
In June the city of San Diego opened a second storage center in Sherman Heights aiming to help people who are homeless.
People who use the facility are given a 45-gallon tub where they can safely store their belongings — but that center is now full.
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The city was able to negotiate a deal while the storage center was not at capacity — to remove items in the public right of way with just a three-hour notice. A spokesman for San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said when the storage site filled up last Wednesday, that time frame reverted back to the normal 72-hours notice.
"While that facility was under capacity we were allowed to perform those abatement and give notice of three hours," said the city's Chief of Homeless Strategies Keely Halsey.
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Speaking to council members during a committee meeting last week, Halsey said people in the city may start to notice a difference on the streets.
"It might affect your constituents when they report these items to environmental services," she said. "This is the reason it will take a little more time to address those reports and complaints."
The storage center can hold up to 1,000 bins — but right now the city only has approval for 500. A spokesman for the mayor said there are not any immediate plans to expand the storage center.
The storage facility is costing the city and San Diego Housing Commission $1.4 million to keep open for a year.