San Diego to temporarily house homeless next to city hall

Posted at 6:08 PM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 13:49:13-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego City Hall will soon be home to some of the the city’s most in need residents.

Roughly 150 homeless women and children will be temporary housed at Golden Hall in the city hall complex starting later this spring for several months.

They are currently living at the Father Joe’s Villages shelter in East Village but that site will move to Golden Hall to make way for construction for affordable housing.

“We walked into the mayor’s office on Thursday last week in and out of the blue they informed us that Golden Hall is now on the table and 150 people from Father Joe’s are going there,” said Dan Shea, a housing advocate and investor.

Housing advocates praised the surprise move Monday at press conference at University of San Diego.

“For a city in this country to put a homeless shelter next to city council: it’s rare,” said Padres majority partner Peter Seidler, “I think we should take a breath
and recognize the political will it took to do it.”

The city event center has been used as emergency shelter in years past and the move is expected to take place in early April.

“Kind of a no brainer — it already exists,” said Alpha Project CEO Bob McElroy, ”I like the fact that it’s at the doorstep of City Hall.”