The new plan, approved earlier this month, ensures that the most vulnerable people will receive priority access to the shelter through San Diego’s Coordinated Assessment and Placement System.
Law enforcement, working with downtown social services agencies, will proactively reach out to homeless individuals on the streets. Based on vulnerability, individuals will be referred to the shelter, thereby eliminating the past system that involved a lottery and queuing.
Individuals will receive intensive case management and work with housing navigators with the intent of relocation to permanent housing.
This year, there is a 45-day maximum stay.
While the Mayor and the City Council pursue a permanent solution, these operational changes represent a new way of doing business in line with ending homelessness.
The shelter is set to open Nov. 1, 2014 on Newton Avenue and 16th Street. The Alpha Project has been operating the winter shelter since 1996.