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Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) President & CEO Richard C. Gentry announced at a joint news conference on February 27, 2014, that an SDHC-owned paved lot in downtown San Diego will become the new home for the storage center that helps keep homeless San Diegans’ belongings off of downtown streets, sidewalks and storefronts. Watch Video.
The Homeless Transitional Storage Center provides a safe place for homeless individuals to keep their belongings in clean bins as they look for work, attend classes or meet with a service provider or doctor.
SDHC administers funding from the City of San Diego to maintain the storage center, which provides space for 350 homeless people to temporarily store their belongings. Since May 1, 2012, SDHC has contracted with the Girls Think Tank, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting basic human dignity for homeless individuals, to operate the shelter on a day-to-day basis.
On June 25, 2013, the San Diego City Council allocated up to $50,000 in City of San Diego General Funds to support the storage center during fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014). The Girls Think Tank raises additional funds to keep the storage center open, which costs about $100,000 a year. Private donors have included Harbor Presbyterian Church, Ace Parking, Jerome’s Furniture and a downtown group of churches and ministries.
SDHC will seek final approval from the SDHC Board of Commissioners to lease the paved lot at 252 16th Street in downtown San Diego to Girls Think Tank for the storage center, beginning on May 1, 2014, with a monthly rent of $1,500 for the first year. Monthly rent would increase 4.5 percent in the second year. The lease would include three one-year options to renew the lease, with additional 4.5 percent rent increases each year.
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