City Council Votes for Public Restrooms and Downtown Winter Shelter

March 11 was a big day for homeless services in downtown San Diego.  In addition to the grand opening of Connections Housing, the City Council approved $400,000 for two public restrooms in the East Village.  The public restrooms will likely be designed after the “Portland Loo”, a solar-powered, durable, and graffiti-proof model gaining popularity around the country.  At the same meeting, the City Council also approved $300,000 to keep the downtown Emergency Winter Shelter open for three additional months.  Operated by Alpha Project, the winter tent provides hundreds of homeless men and women with shelter, meals, and essential services during the coldest and wettest months of the year. According to the U-T, both proposals were put forth by Mayor Bob Filner, who has also committed to including funds for the Emergency Winter Shelter in the City’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget.