New Homeless Storage Center to Open

By R. Stickney
|  Friday, Feb 28, 2014  |  Updated 7:22 AM PDT
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New Homeless Storage Center to Open

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A downtown San Diego lot will serve as place for homeless people to safely store their belongings.

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria announced this project with the San Diego Housing commission Thursday.

The Homeless Transitional Storage Center will be located at the paved lot at 252 16th Street and will allow 350 people to keep their things in large, clean bins..

City officials said the storage is necessary to help those who are homeless in San Diego look for work, attend classes or meet with a service provider or doctor.

The city council allocated up to $50,000 from the general fund to support the storage center. Donations from the private sector will be used to fund the project as well.

The event was held several days after set out on one of his last goals as interim mayor: ending homelessness downtown by the end of 2016.

Read: Gloria Pushes for Homelessness Solutions

He said homelessness doesn't just affect people living without shelter; it affects the quality of life for all San Diegans.

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