Council funds homeless storage center

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SAN DIEGO — A place for the homeless to store their possessions in downtown San Diego will stay in operation with a $39,000 donation approved unanimously by the City Council Tuesday.

The next step for supporters of the Transitional Storage Center is to find a permanent site.

The facility, also called the Homeless Storage Check-in Center, is currently located at Father Joe’s Villages, 1610 Commercial St., but it can remain there only until the end of the year.

A nonprofit called the Girls Think Tank is looking for a permanent location. According to city documents, the group is focusing on an empty lot on 17th. Street.

More than 300 homeless individuals store their bedding and other items in the 4,500-square-foot facility. Backers of the program say that frees them up to look for work, see doctors or visit social service agencies — things that might lead to getting them off the streets.

Another 120 people are on a waiting list.

“This is a program that works,” said Councilman Kevin Faulconer, who represents the area.

It keeps an estimated 30,000 pounds of possessions off the streets.

The storage center vacated its prior site at Broadway and Ninth Avenue last month when the city started construction on a low-income housing complex.

The grant will be administered by the San Diego Housing Commission.

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