Former Chargers training facility proposed as homeless shelter

Posted at 10:00 AM, Nov 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-06 19:44:02-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- City Council members Friday announced a plan to push for a temporary shelter for the homeless in Murphy Canyon.

Council members Lorie Zapf and David Alvarez will hold a news conference Monday to request that a shelter be built at the former Chargers training facility.

The complex, owned by the city, has remained unused since the Chargers moved to Los Angeles and will likely remain vacant for several more years.

Announcing the press conference, the councilmembers said, “The San Diego River has seen an explosion of homeless encampments this year. This is an environmental nightmare and extremely dangerous with the rainy season rapidly approaching.”

More than 100 homeless encampments were counted by volunteers with the San Diego River Park Foundation in October.