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Timeline shows history of San Diego's homeless storage centers

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Posted at 5:40 PM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 20:26:29-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- In an effort to help San Diego's homeless population, the City of San Diego is proposing a third storage facility the homeless can use to store their belongings.

The city organized a town hall in July to gather input for the facility that would be placed on 54th and Lea Street.

According to the San Diego Housing Commission, the facilities provide a "safe place for individuals who are experiencing homelessness to keep their belongings as they look for work, attend classes, or meet with a service provider or doctor."

One of the centers, located on the 200 block of 16th Street, provides bins for more than 400 homeless individuals.

Although the centers provide a service to San Diego's homeless population, some residents have made their opposition clear.

Before one of the facilities opened in Sherman Heights, residents voiced their concerns. Neighbors told 10News they worried the facility would increase illegal activity and pose safety concerns in the area.

To address concerns, security was placed inside the building as well as patrols sent out into the neighborhood.

The timeline below shows the recent history of homeless storage centers throughout the city: