A new 150-bed homeless shelter opened Monday in the Midway District.
The Rosecrans Shelter had been a work in progress for months and is now ready to not only house homeless people in San Diego, but also provide them with access to meals, restrooms, showers, air conditioning, washing machines washing, security and storage spaces for their belongings. .
Located in the County Health and Human Services complex, the new shelter will have 24/7 access to behavioral and psychiatric services, including mental health professionals and addiction resources.
Project Alpha, which will operate the shelter, said it wants it to feel like a community with mentorship and help find jobs and permanent housing for residents.
The Rosecrans Shelter was brought together by a partnership between the city, the county, the Lucky Duck Foundation and the Alpha Project, with the goal of solving the growing problem of homelessness in San Diego. It also involves working to fix homeless encampments in the Midway District area that have frustrated local business owners.
The Rosecrans Shelter will begin by using a community outreach program to accommodate 15 people a day so as not to overwhelm those arriving as well as staff, according to Alpha Project CEO Bob McElroy.
Residents will be allowed to stay as long as needed and the shelter will remain on Rosecrans Street indefinitely, according to McElroy.
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