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NEW ROSECRANS SHELTER FOR SAN DIEGANS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS SCHEDULED TO OPEN SEPTEMBER 12

09/09/22

Up-to 150 San Diegans living on streets and sidewalks will have another option with the Rosecrans Shelter, which is anticipated to open Monday, September 12.

Today, the Lucky Duck Foundation, which donated the use of the shelter structure and covered construction costs; San Diego County Supervisor Chair Nathan Fletcher, who brokered the agreement to build it on County land; and City of San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, who authorized the funding for the Alpha Project to operate the Rosecrans Shelter through a contract with the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC), toured the facility with other officials ahead of its anticipated opening.   

The Rosecrans Shelter will be different from existing shelters because it will offer on-site behavioral health services as well as 24-hour intakes, seven days a week. During their stay, residents will be offered services such as meals, showers, restrooms, laundry, storage for their belongings, mental health and addiction treatment assessments, communicable disease screenings, case management, housing navigation, and connections to self-sufficiency benefits like CalWORKS, CalFresh and Medi-Cal.

Mayor Gloria and Chair Fletcher have established an unprecedented partnership, and unlike any other time in history, the County, City and external partners are collaborating on several efforts to tackle homelessness, this new shelter being the latest example. 

“This new Rosecrans Shelter is a stepping stone for people living on our streets; it creates new opportunities for a better life,” said Chair Fletcher. “Being a guest at this shelter provides a better way to manage your mental health and the chance to beat addiction. The staff will connect people to self-sufficiency services, job opportunities and eventually a place to call home. These are the benefits of going to a shelter. I am grateful to Mayor Gloria and the Lucky Duck Foundation for their partnership, and to the residents of this area for being supportive of our work to deliver these vital services to the people who need them.”

“We are not going to be a city that’s content with people living on our sidewalks. That’s not compassionate. As Mayor of San Diego, I’m committed to bringing every resource to bear to help folks off the street and ending the homelessness crisis,” said Mayor Gloria. “The opening of the Rosecrans Shelter is the latest step forward in this effort, and I want to thank Chair Fletcher and the County, the Lucky Duck Foundation and many others whose hard work and collaboration made this a reality.”

Drew Moser, Executive Director of the Lucky Duck Foundation said, “Our region urgently needs more readily available beds to provide immediate pathways off the streets for those suffering from homelessness. Bridge shelters accomplish exactly that. We are pleased to partner with the City and County of San Diego to make this possible, and importantly, we are poised and committed to doing more.”

A commitment to keeping an open line of communication with the nearby community has generated support from the leadership of the local planning group. 

"For a variety of reasons, our community has become home for many unsheltered people in recent years. The opening of the Rosecrans Shelter here in Midway reflects the product of the collaborative conversations we've had with City, County and officials from other agencies to address a complex challenge,” said Dike Anyiwo, President, Midway-Pacific Highway Planning Group. “I'd like to thank Chair Fletcher, Mayor Gloria and their teams for their regular updates regarding the installation of this structure and I look forward to continued updates about its operations. We know that stabilizing in shelter is one step on a long road to housing, and I'm personally proud to be able to play some small part in the improvement in quality of life for our neighbors, both housed and unhoused."

The Rosecrans Shelter is in City Council District 2 and County Supervisor District 3. It is expected to primarily house persons experiencing homelessness in the City of San Diego from nearby areas. However, all populations are mobile, and everyone staying at the shelter will be offered the same services, regardless of their last place of residency. 

“I'm excited to see the Midway Bridge Shelter’s construction reach completion. These 150 new beds will be critical in supporting our unhoused neighbors. More unsheltered individuals are finding a safe place thanks to real solutions like the Midway Bridge Shelter, the Homelessness Conservatorship and Treatment Unit, the SAFE Parking Program, and the Palm Avenue and Rachel's Promise shelters. The Midway Bridge Shelter is essential to the quality of life in my District because it provides an immediate response to the homelessness crisis in San Diego,” said Councilmember Jennifer Campbell, City of San Diego. 

"San Diegans are looking for tangible solutions to the homelessness crisis, and this shelter demonstrates that our region's public agencies are partnering to bring new solutions to the table that provide immediate help,” Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer said. 

The SDHC/City of San Diego has contracted with Alpha Project to operate the Rosecrans Shelter. The new shelter is located on County-owned land located off of Rosecrans in the City of San Diego. To prepare the site, the County performed advanced infrastructure work including removing and replacing lighting, new exterior site lighting, asphalt repairs, trenching for a new sewer connection, potable water connections, power connections for the structure, mobile trailers for laundry and shower and administrative offices. The Lucky Duck Foundation is contributing the use of its bridge shelter structure and covered the cost to construct it on-site. 

“The breadth of services the Rosecrans Shelter offers and the extensive collaboration among many organizations make this shelter a unique, essential addition to serve some of the most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness in the City of San Diego,” SDHC Interim President & CEO Jeff Davis said. “The San Diego Housing Commission thanks Mayor Gloria, Chair Fletcher, the City Council and the Board of Supervisors for their leadership to identify and implement solutions like the Rosecrans Shelter.”