Large tents proposed for San Diego's homeless

Posted at 10:08 AM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 14:28:35-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The plan to pay for large tents to house San Diego's growing homeless population is to be announced today by Padres managing partner Peter Seidler and restaurateur Dan Shea.

5,619 homeless individuals are homeless in San Deigo, a 10.3 percent increase from last year, with 3,231 living on the streets, many near Petco Park.

Seidler and Shea will reveal the funding plan, which claims to provide shelter and basic services for $17 a day per person, at the University of San Diego.

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The initiative includes social service assistance, along with mental and physical health evaluations and case management.

City and county officials have presented a series of proposals on how to address both homelessness and a lack of affordable housing.

The city of San Diego funded a cold-weather shelter in a tented structure in Barrio Logan for around 30 years but was replaced two years ago in favor of a permanent facility run by Father Joe's Villages.

CNS contributed to this report.