Skip to main content

New Program Clears Minor Infractions For Homeless Who Stay At Bridge Shelter For 30 Days

Police officers remove a tent left by the homeless during efforts to sanitize...

Credit: Associated Press

Above: Police officers remove a tent left by the homeless during efforts to sanitize neighborhoods to control the spread of hepatitis A, in San Diego., Sept. 25, 2017.

KPBS Midday Edition Segments podcast branding

The program gives homeless individuals who face arrest or a ticket for minor quality-of-life issues the option of going to the Alpha Project’s shelter in East Village. If they stay there for 30 days their infraction is cleared.

Aired: January 8, 2020 | Transcript

Police Departments across the country have been criticized for criminalizing homelessness. A new program operated by the San Diego Police Department and Alpha Project is trying to change that.

The program gives homeless individuals who face arrest or a ticket for minor quality-of-life issues the option of going to Alpha Project’s shelter in East Village. If they stay there for 30 days their infraction is cleared. Quality-of-life issues include infractions related to encroachment, littering and public urination.

Fifty beds at the 17th Street and Imperial Avenue shelter are reserved for the program.

RELATED: Homeless Encampment in Spring Valley Shows Spread of San Diego’s Homeless Crisis

Bob McElroy, president and CEO of Alpha Project, joined Midday Edition Wednesday to discuss the program.

Midday Edition banner

KPBS Midday Edition is a daily radio news magazine keeping San Diego in the know on everything from politics to the arts.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.