For the past two months, reporter Kelly Bennett has been on a quest to learn about the scope of homelessness in San Diego.

She has talked to people on all sides of the issue, from the homeless themselves to the many different agencies, advocates and politicians who are trying to understand and solve the problem.

On Thursday, Feb. 21, Voice of San Diego will assemble a diverse array of voices at the City’s Emergency Winter Shelter to discuss the realities, challenges and possibilities facing homelessness in the region.

Homelessness in San Diego is a giant topic. As we’ve learned, there are many different perspectives and approaches to dealing with homelessness in a county as vast as this one. The panel will highlight a few compelling perspectives. We know it won’t cover every possible angle. But we also know already we’ve got a wide range of people signed up to be part of this conversation, and we look forward to the conversations and questions that will spring up throughout the evening.

Please join us for one of VOSD’s most unique and thought-provoking events to date.

What: QUEST: Homelessness — An Interactive Panel Discussion

When: Thursday, Feb. 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: City of San Diego’s Winter Emergency Shelter, operated by the Alpha Project. 1501 Newton Ave., San Diego (Shelter is on a cul-de-sac off of 16th Street)

Admission: Free, though space is highly limited, so make sure to register here.

Parking: Street parking is available in the area, however, we are attempting to secure more parking options. Check back next week for more details.

Speakers/panelists: We hope to announce the panelists by Monday, Feb. 11.

Resource Fair: At the conclusion of the formal discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to meet representatives from organizations working on homeless issues in San Diego. If your organization is interested in attending, please email

Donating to the Shelter: If you are interested in donating to the Alpha Project, they recommend the following items:

• Hygiene products, particularly feminine hygiene products

• Toothbrushes

• Toothpaste

• Blankets

• Towels

• Socks

• Underwear (mens and womens)

• Sheets (Twin Sheets)

• Sweaters/jackets/warm clothing

If you have any questions, please contact Events Manager Zack Warma at or 619-550-5664.

Register here

This event is being presented by American Medical Response.

Zachary Warma is the events and community manager for Voice of San Diego. You can reach him at or 619-550-5664.

Disclosure: Voice of San Diego members and supporters may be mentioned or have a stake in the stories we cover. For a complete list of our contributors, click here.

Zachary Warma

Zachary Warma was formerly the events and community manager for Voice of San Diego.

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