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Efforts pick up to help homeless on rainy night

Posted at 5:20 PM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 20:20:23-05

More than 300 people will spend a rainy Thursday night inside Alpha Project's tent shelter in downtown, but thousands more are bracing for sleeping outside in the cold, wet weather.

That's why Alpha Project has deployed groups of workers to find homeless people in San Diego and help them with supplies. On Thursday, Quarlo McSwain and three others went along the waterfront giving the homeless people snacks, water bottles, plastic covers, and dental hygiene kits.

"Your stuff is wet, your socks, your underwear, everything is wet so you feel nasty," McSwain said.

McSwain said Alpha Projects hands out the supplies daily, rain or shine. But it takes an added importance when the weather is bad.

"They're not bad people, they're just people that's been down on their luck, or something happened, something tragic," he said.

McSwain said the city needs more housing and mental health services to solve the problem - one that can't be figured out over a cold, rainy night.