Father Joe’s converting E-Z 8 Motel into housing for homeless (San Diego Housing Commission)

Date Published: 
January 22nd, 2020

From The San Diego Union-Tribune:

What was once described by guests as a roach-infested “crack motel” in South Bay will be renovated into the 82-room Benson Place for formerly homeless people, officials from Father Joe’s Villages and the city of San Diego announced Tuesday.

The $24.7 million project at 1010 Outer Road is expected to open by the end of the year and will provide tenants with support services from Father Joe’s Villages and the San Diego County Department of Behavioral Health Services.

Speaking at a ceremony to reveal the new name of the former E-Z 8 Motel, which recognizes years-long support from philanthropists Roger and Judy Benson, Father Joe’s President and CEO Deacon Jim Vargas said the new project would help address the hopelessness many homeless people feel.


San Diego Housing Commission President and CEO Rick Gentry said at the ceremony that the new motel project also will be part of the commission’s Housing First San Diego initiative, which has created 8,000 housing opportunities since it was created in 2014.

The Housing Commission will provide 82 Section 8 federal housing vouchers that will remain with the Benson Place units, Gentry said.

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