San Diego’s Winter Shelter is Up and Running

Winter shelterThe City of San Diego’s Single Adult Emergency Shelter opened this month and is already at capacity.

Since opening, the shelter has served 240 individuals, and that number is expected to grow.

This year, the shelter’s operation has been completely reworked. For the first time, placements are no longer on a first-come, first-served basis. The shelter is utilizing the Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement (CAHP) System and targeting the most vulnerable people based on acuity for placement. Unlike previous years, the length of stay has been limited to 45 days. Extensions maybe granted in certain cases.

The 2014/2015 Winter Shelter is truly a collaborative effort. Catholic Charities is providing onsite case management this year and all clients will be assigned housing navigators to assist them with placement into permanent housing. Alpha Project, a local non-profit, manages the day-to-day operations, and the San Diego Housing Commission administers the shelter under a 2010 agreement with the City.

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