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City Chooses Proposed Site For New Homeless Storage Facility In District 9

RVs are parked at the proposed location for a new homeless storage facility n...

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Above: RVs are parked at the proposed location for a new homeless storage facility near 54th St. and Lea St., June 26, 2019.

The San Diego mayor's office has announced a proposed location for a storage facility to keep belongings for people who are homeless.

The city-funded storage facility is proposed for an area on 54th Street and Lea Street in District 9 near City Heights just south of University Avenue. It is expected to have 500 bins for individuals and families.

By Reporter Priya sridhar

The San Diego mayor's office has announced a proposed location for a storage facility to keep belongings for people who are homeless.

The facility would be run by Mental Health Services and have case management on site in hopes to reduce homelessness. Another 500-bin facility run by the city opened up in Sherman Heights in June 2018, but the city says that site is at capacity. City Council President Georgette Gomez volunteered to find a location for a new site in her district last month.

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The mayor's office will hold a town hall for residents about the facility from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. July 11 at 5450 Lea Street.

“We’re working closely with Council President Gomez’s office on the location for the new storage center in her district. We’re in the middle of extensive community outreach to ensure an ongoing and open dialogue with neighborhood residents and mitigate any potential impacts to the surrounding area," the mayor's spokeswoman Ashley Bailey said. "Expanding the city’s storage capacity is a key step toward reducing homelessness as it provides individuals a chance to safely store their belongings while they work to get their lives back on track."

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