SAN DIEGO — City officials have identified a new space as a potential shelter for migrants who have been processed at the border and released into San Diego, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Friday.
The proposed shelter at Camp Barrett, a former youth correctional facility in Alpine, would be funded by the Alliance Healthcare Foundation and operated by “a third-party vendor specializing in emergency shelter operations,” according to a letter from the City to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
To humanely assist migrants released into SD after federal processing at the border, the @CityofSanDiego submitted a letter to @Cal_OES identifying a city-owned property that could be used for temporary shelter. We look forward to continuing to work with the State on this issue. pic.twitter.com/BIXWPB3bte
— San Diego's Mayor (@SDMayorsOffice) January 5, 2019
“To humanely assist migrants being released into San Diego after federal processing at the border, today the City of San Diego submitted a letter to Cal OES identifying a city-owned property that could be used as a temporary shelter,” the mayor said about the new proposal. “It will require the collaboration of multiple agencies and non-profits to develop a long-term solution.”
In the City’s letter, officials noted that a temporary shelter in the South Bay does not fulfill the proper permitting requirement to operate long-term. The shelter will need to be vacated by Feb. 4, officials wrote.
The letter goes on to explain that Camp Barrett is no longer used as a correctional facility and is slated to be sold, “however, the site could be leased to the State and or a third-party vendor on a temporary basis” to be used for the migrant shelter. The facility already is permitted for residential use.
“We would be happy to continue … discussions focusing on Camp Barrett if the site proves to be a viable option,” the letter concludes.