San Diego County Supervisor Chair Nathan Fletcher, (center) and other officials toured the new Rosecrans Shelter before the official opening on Monday, Sept. 12.

For those San Diegans living on streets and sidewalks there is another option when the Rosecrans Shelter, opens Monday, Sept. 12.   

The Lucky Duck Foundation, which donated the use of the shelter structure and covered construction costs, and San Diego County Supervisor Chair Nathan Fletcher, brokered the agreement to build it on County land.

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, authorized the funding for the Alpha Project to operate the Rosecrans Shelter through a contract with the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC).

The Rosecrans Shelter will be different from existing shelters because it will offer on-site behavioral health services as well as 24-hour intakes, seven days a week. During their stay, residents will be provided services such as meals, showers, restrooms, laundry, storage for their belongings, mental health and addiction treatment assessments, communicable disease screenings, case management, housing navigation, and connections to self-sufficiency benefits like CalWORKS, CalFresh, and Medi-Cal.

“This new Rosecrans Shelter is a stepping stone for people living on our streets; it creates new opportunities for a better life,” said Chair Fletcher. “Being a guest at this shelter provides a better way to manage your mental health and the chance to beat addiction. The staff will connect people to self-sufficiency services, job opportunities, and eventually a place to call home. These are the benefits of going to a shelter. ..”

“We are not going to be a city that’s content with people living on our sidewalks. That’s not compassionate. As Mayor of San Diego, I’m committed to bringing every resource to bear to help folks off the street and ending the homelessness crisis,” said Mayor Gloria.

Drew Moser, Executive Director of the Lucky Duck Foundation said, “Our region urgently needs more readily available beds to provide immediate pathways off the streets for those suffering from homelessness. Bridge shelters accomplish exactly that…”

A commitment to keeping an open line of communication with the nearby community has generated support from the leadership of the local planning group. 

“For a variety of reasons, our community has become home for many unsheltered people in recent years. The opening of the Rosecrans Shelter here in Midway reflects the product of the collaborative conversations we’ve had with City, County, and officials from other agencies to address a complex challenge,” said Dike Anyiwo, President, Midway-Pacific Highway Planning Group.

The Rosecrans Shelter is in City Council District 2 and County Supervisor District 3. It is expected to primarily house persons experiencing homelessness in the City of San Diego from nearby areas. However, all populations are mobile, and everyone staying at the shelter will be offered the same services, regardless of their last place of residency. 

“I’m excited to see the Midway Bridge Shelter’s construction reach completion. These 150 new beds will be critical in supporting our unhoused neighbors. More unsheltered individuals are finding a safe place thanks to real solutions like the Midway Bridge Shelter, the Homelessness Conservatorship and Treatment Unit, the SAFE Parking Program, and the Palm Avenue and Rachel’s Promise shelters. The Midway Bridge Shelter is essential to the quality of life in my District because it provides an immediate response to the homelessness crisis in San Diego,” said Councilmember Jennifer Campbell, City of San Diego. 

The new shelter is located on County-owned land located off of Rosecrans in the City of San Diego. To prepare the site, the County performed advanced infrastructure work including removing and replacing lighting, new exterior site lighting, asphalt repairs, trenching for a new sewer connection, potable water connections, power connections for the structure, mobile trailers for laundry and shower and administrative offices. The Lucky Duck Foundation is contributing to the use of its bridge shelter structure and covered the cost to construct it on-site. 


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