Let us build a prototype of a village of tiny shelters for homeless people in San Diego
Whereas, the City of San Diego has far too few emergency shelter beds, is seriously lacking in sufficient affordable housing, and has once again declared an emergency shelter crisis;
Common decency and concerns for public health and neighborhood safety, compel us to seek alternatives for safe, immediate, emergency shelter, particularly for our most vulnerable homeless persons ̶ women, children and the elderly.
Therefore, compassionate citizens of the City of San Diego have joined together to plan and build a prototype of what we hope will prove to be a humane and worthwhile program to end homelessness – a tiny village of emergency shelters where homeless persons can reside in safety while preparing to move into permanent housing.
We are planning to build and manage thoughtfully located micro-communities to serve as safe emergency housing for homeless women and families who would otherwise be living on the streets. The shelters, sized for individuals, couples and small family units, are constructed using the innovative I-Wood building system. The shelters are strong and secure, and can be easily relocated. They are eco-friendly, inexpensive and attractive, and come as kits that unskilled volunteers can easily assemble. They are designed to mimic the architecture of a typical craftsman home, so the communities will neatly blend into any neighborhood.
This prototype village will consist of up to 12 shelters along with a common structure for eating and meeting, and portable bathrooms and showers. 24/7 security will limit access to the site to residents and authorized persons and assure that the residents are safe and abide by the rules. Case management will be provided on site by partnering agencies to assist the residents in moving beyond their homeless status.
We, the undersigned, endorse and support this effort and urge
City of San Diego Mayor, Kevin Faulconer, and Councilmembers
to assure that this prototype village be allowed to move forward without interference or harassment, for a trial period of 6 months, for the purpose of developing this model and proving its viability as a part of our efforts to end homelessness in the City of San Diego and to serve in establishing best practices for future tiny shelter sites.
At the end of this period, we will present the City Council with a report on the successes and challenges of the program, along with recommendations for its continuance and growth as a part of the region’s efforts to end homelessness.
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