SAN DIEGO — Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced swift action Tuesday to protect some of the most vulnerable community members from coronavirus.
Faulconer said the city is committed to establishing a model that maximizes resources to continue to provide services for the homeless and also establishing more shelter space.
Emergency centers are being set up at Golden Hall and the San Diego convention center to bring in even more people off the street and relocate people from existing shelters to meet social distancing requirements.
As of Tuesday, 55 families were relocated from a bridge shelter into motel rooms, accounting for a total of 153 people.
All of these efforts are allowing more people to be indoors, be able to wash their hands, and be a safe distance from others
The city said so far no one from the homeless population had tested positive for coronavirus.
Right now there is no date set on when the convention center will be ready and open for intake, but preparation is being done.
The mayor is also pushing for city council to approve two relief packages Wednesday that deal with both economic and eviction relief for local residents and businesses.