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Petitioning San Diego City Councilmember Sherri Lightner and 7 others

Urge San Diego to Approve the City's First Comprehensive Homeless Shelter

On July 14th, 2010, San Diego's Land Use and Housing Committee voted in support of a downtown shelter that would offer the one-stop convenience of a mall (if a mall were designed to help people move off the streets): mental health care, a job center, a health clinic, homelessness prevention services, a beauty salon and living space for up to 225 people.

The facility, known as Connections Housing, would be the city's first permanent shelter and be run by the non-profit agency PATH (People Assisting The Homeless).  Judging by the success of the PATHMall in Los Angeles — which will serve as a model for San Diego — the approach to combating homelessness would be an effective one.

The proposal for the homeless rehabilitation is now scheduled to go before the full City Council. Tell San Diego's City Council to vote in favor of the Connections Housing proposal and help ensure that the city's homeless community has the resources they need to find permanent housing.

Photo credit: Ivan Walsh

Letter to
San Diego City Councilmember  Sherri Lightner
San Diego City Councilmember  Todd Gloria
San Diego City Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer
and 5 others
San Diego City Councilmember  Tony Young
San Diego City Councilmember  Carl DeMaio
San Diego City Councilmember  Marti Emerald
San Diego City Councilmember  Donna Frye
San Diego City Councilmember  Ben Hueso
On July 14th, 2010, San Diego's Land Use and Housing Committee voted in support of Connections Housing, the proposed shelter that would offer the one-stop convenience of a mall for San Diego's homeless and poor. I strongly urge you to rally your colleagues in the City Council to vote in favor of this comprehensive homeless facility and help end homelessness in San Diego.

Judging by the success of the PATHMall in Los Angeles — which will serve as a model for San Diego — the approach to combating homelessness is clearly an effective one. Addressing the variety of needs of someone who is homeless or living in poverty under one roof bypasses the challenges that individuals and families face having to trudge from one facility to the next, where they can potentially get lost in the shuffle. Connections Housing will empower people by providing them with the tools and resources they need to become self-sufficient and find a home.

By providing mental health care, a job center, a health clinic, homelessness prevention services, a beauty salon and living space for up to 225 people, the shelter would ensure that the city's homeless community has the resources they need to move into permanent housing.