Construction begins on new Midway bridge shelter for homeless
The development of a new bridge shelter for San Diegans experiencing homelessness is underway in the Midway District with the facility planned to be operational in July.
Construction on the first arches of the shelter, donated and paid for by the Lucky Duck Foundation, began Tuesday on county-owned land at 3851 Rosecrans St. near the San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital. Once open, the shelter will serve up to 150 people and is expected to be available seven days a week with on-site behavioral health services.
Also featured at the facility will be meals, showers, bathrooms, laundry facilities and storage as well as connections for mental health and medical care needs.
“We have recently taken several actions at the County to help cities address homelessness, from behavioral health services and standard agreements to funding new shelters, but this partnership is unprecedented because we are placing a shelter on County-owned land,” San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher said in a statement.
Fletcher added, “The Lucky Duck Foundation and the City of San Diego are great partners and this new collaboration will help more individuals experiencing homelessness in the Midway community leave the encampments and get into a stable environment.”
Construction is expected to take about four weeks to complete.