SAN DIEGO – A winter homeless shelter that's been operating for almost two decades in downtown San Diego permanently closed its doors Wednesday.
The Alpha Project's emergency shelter for the homeless was disassembled, sending around 150 people to the streets and costing several workers their jobs.
“We’re saddened – 150 of our clients back out on the street -- it’s a sad day. We have no say-so – it’s a city decision," said Peter Dual, an Alpha Project program manager.
The city-run facility costs $115,000 a month. Alpha Project officials recently found out there won't be an extension of funds to keep the shelter operating.
The 18-year operation begins in November and stays open through March.
St. Vincent de Paul, another organization that provides shelter and services for the homeless, is getting $2 million from the city to provide year-round housing for the homeless.
Some of the people who stayed at the Alpha Project shelter plan to go to St. Vincent de Paul's facility, but there's not enough room for everyone.
“They should have kept it open until they had other facilities to take these people, instead of throwing us all out on the street – which is a total waste," said Eric Gudmundson, a homeless man who spent the winter at the shelter.
FOX 5 was told that the Alpha Project's funding cuts will also cause the organization to cut back to 20 employees.