San Diego City Councilman Tony Young has proposed another alternative to the winter homeless shelter that is still seeking a home.

In a memo to Chief Operating Officer Jay Goldstone, Young asked the mayor’s office to explore the possibility of funding additional beds at existing homeless shelters in order to “prevent us from scrambling around each year to find a place to erect tents.”

The City Council is expected to select a site for the temporary shelter Oct. 13.

Perhaps you and staff can convene a meeting with the main shelter providers … and ask them if the City were to provide them with the approximately $500,000 for temporary winter shelter beds, could they individually or collectively provide an additional 225 beds for 120 days.

Young, who represents District 4, has said that he would oppose not only the winter homeless shelter in his district, but in any district. In a Sept. 21 letter to the mayor’s office, he proposed the possibility of providing homeless people with motel vouchers on especially cold days.


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