Downtown San Diego may soon lose vital homeless resource

Transitional Storage Center set to close

SAN DIEGO - More than 600 shopping carts filled with personal belongings may soon be seen on the streets of downtown San Diego.

"Say you got 300 people out there with luggage; it is not a good sight," said Danny McCray, who spent five months on the streets with his wife.

McCray is now a security guard at the downtown Transitional Storage Center, a place where bins are available for people while they look for jobs or go to work.

However, 10News has confirmed the East Village location is going to close.

"Oh my God; well, OK, let's stop and think about this," said McCray.

The closure could mean more than 300 bins holding over 30,000 pounds of personal belongings will have to go somewhere. The Girls Think Tank check-in center is set to close Jan. 10, and at that point, people will have to empty out their bins.

Two large plastic trash bags make up one-third of one bin. People would have to take these back out into the streets, and that would add up to approximately 600 stuffed shopping carts on city sidewalks.

10News cameras were rolling as advocates made a plea to the San Diego City Council.

"These people represent people that are trying, they are in transition, they're not homeless; I hate that word, displaced, in transition," said homeless advocate David Ross.

10News confirmed with Interim Mayor Todd Gloria's office that they are looking for alternative locations.

The Girls Think Tank operates the center, and the bins have been stored in a parking lot at Father's Joe's Village for the past year, but they need their parking lot back.

Now the Girls Think Tank is asking the city and San Diegans to help them secure a 4,000-square foot building.

"Ideally rent-free and we also need funding to continue operating the center," said Girls Think Tank Executive Director Heather Pollock.

For more information on the center or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.girlsthinktank.org.

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