San Diego to open LGBTQ shelter for homeless youths (San Diego Housing Commission)

Date Published: 
April 18th, 2023

From the San Diego Union Tribune:

The city of San Diego’s first homeless shelter focused on youths who identify as LGBTQ could open sometime this year in one or two interim locations before a permanent site is located.

The San Diego Housing Commission on Thursday selected the LGBT Community Center to run the shelter. The center was recommended by commission staff over Father Joe’s Villages, the Salvation Army and Equitable Social Solutions LLC , which also had applied to run the shelter.

The commission authorized $704,000 for the project, including $325,000 for start-up costs, for an initial term beginning Friday and running through June 30. The annual budget will be $1.6 million, with two one-year options for renewal.

The center is searching for a permanent site and has identified two potential interim locations that will have up to 21 beds, but did not disclose the locations at Thursday’s meeting.

When at capacity, the permanent shelter will serve up to 45 transitional-age youths, those 18-24 years old. The shelter is referred to as LGBTQ-affirming, meaning members of the community will feel welcomed, but it also will accept non-LGBTQ youths.

The center will partner with San Diego Youth Services and the YMCA of San Diego to provide case management, transportation assistance, employment support, outreach to youth on the street and basic needs such as food, showers, mail service, laundry and clothing.

Read the San Diego Union Tribune's article "San Diego to open LGBTQ shelter for homeless youths," featuring the San Diego Housing Commission.

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