Shelter loses funding, sends hundreds to streets

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 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.

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9 comments

  • Gina Rodriguez

    Unbelievable how San Diego thinks about funding a stadium, instead of obtaining funding to maintain homeless shelters. Get your priorities straight San Diego! There’s nothing wrong with Qualcomm in the first place, a stadium is not meant to look fancy.

  • Thiago da Silva

    AND THE CITY IS LOOKING ON REDEVELOPING THE WATERFRONT WITH A FERRIS WHEEL? REALLY Mayor Kevin Faulconer IS MORE WORRIED ABOUT HIS POLITICAL AGENDA WITH LOSING THE CHARGES AND POSSIBLY COMICON THAN TAKING CARE OF THE HOMELESS……..

  • Hypocrites

    If you feel that strongly about it then open your doors and invite them into your house. Why should my taxes go for a homeless shelter when my street is ate up? Open your wallet before you open mine.

  • GOOOO CHARGERS !!!!!

    That’s right Go Chargers! If you all are half the people that you profess in this blog then the homeless have a place to stay….at your house otherwise shuuuuut up while I watch the Chargers in the new stadium.

  • wes

    We give the illegals everything, and stick our veterans out in the cold. This is the American way. It is hard for me to visualize our children fighting for such a country after seen this first hand.

  • liam

    People hold your horses. The city is building the homeless a larger year round facility for 15 million so this tent shelter is closing.

  • bill

    This is pretty sad considering there getting ready to put millions into a new stadium for the chargers. REALLY!
    Whats wrong with remodeling the old one? At any rate it just goes to show how screwed up our priorities really are. Don’t get me wrong I’m a football fan myself, but I feel that money coming from anywhere could be used elsewhere.

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