Homeless shelter opens in Golden Hall

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SAN DIEGO — Workers were busy Monday transforming the city’s Golden Hall exhibition hall into a temporary homeless shelter.

Monday, workers moved bunk beds and other furniture into rooms on the second floor of the hall.

“The fact that City Hall is right here. They are not afraid to have our shelter right here in one of the buildings that’s right next to City Hall so I think it says a lot of positive things,” Jim Vargas, CEO of Father Joe’s Villages, said.

More than 140 homeless people, most of them women and children, moved into facility Monday night and will stay there for the next three months. They have been staying at the Bridge Tent operated by Father Joe’s Villages, but the tent is coming down to make way for a 14-story, low-income permanent housing facility.

Officials with Father Joe’s Villages said that permanent shelter will get around 550 people off the streets and is expected to open in the next couple of years.

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