Local shelters to house extra homeless during rainy Christmas

SAN DIEGO —  Father Joe’s Villages and Connections Housing Downtown will accommodate nearly 300 additional homeless residents on Christmas Eve due to forecasted overnight rain, the San Diego Housing Commission announced Monday.

The commission activates the Inclement Weather Shelter Program when temperatures drop below 50 degrees, the chance of rain is higher than 40 percent or in the case of sustained high winds. The program is a partnership between the commission, the city of San Diego, Father Joe’s and Connections Housing. The commission also funds the program.

Father Joe’s can shelter an additional 250 residents throughout the night while Connections Housing can add up to 30 residents. Check-in at Father Joe’s begins at 4 p.m. and residents are expected to check out by 5 a.m. the next morning. Check-in at Connections Housing runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and residents are expected to check out by 7 a.m. the next morning.

Those at both shelters will have meals provided to them.

Residents can dial 2-1-1 or visit 211sandiego.org to find out more about the county’s Inclement Weather Shelter Program.

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