Shelter for homeless youth reopens

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SAN DIEGO -- The Urban Street Angels Homeless Youth Shelter is back up and running after it suspended operations because of a lack of money.

Services include warm meals, minor medical help, hair cuts, showers and computer access for employment opportunities.

“You try not to think about what’s happening around you. It’s embarrassing being here, but I’m also extremely grateful for the people that have put this on for me, “ said a 21-year-old homeless man who didn’t want to be identified.

More than 3,000 young people sleep on the streets of San Diego every night, according to Urban Angels. Once a week on Tuesdays, youth from 17-25 years old receive shelter overnight at the Mission Gathering Church from 6 p.m. until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

“It’s tough, because most shelters take women and children first, then the elderly and vets after that,” said Urban Angels spokesperson M.G. Perez. “It’s rare for the San Diego homeless youth to ever get a bed. We hope to change that.”

Two anonymous donors stepped up recently so that the youth shelter could meet its $1,500 monthly rent and utilities. It is only a temporary solution. Urban Street Angels is working with the county in order to find long term funding.