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Qualcomm Stadium could become homeless safe harbor

Ward feels that the use of the former Chargers stadium can be re-purposed as a safe place for the transient population.
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At the San Diego City Council’s Select Committee on Homeless meeting Monday discussions arose about using Qualcomm Stadium as a safe harbor for the homeless.

Councilmember and committee chair Chris Ward talked about the idea and addressed the following bullet points according to ABC 10 News:

  • Temporary housing at Golden Hall downtown
  • Temporary housing at Qualcomm Stadium practice field
  • Expanding outreach efforts
  • Creating more places in city-controlled facilities where people who live in their cars can spend the night 

"One of the big barriers people have from getting off the streets today is that their stuff is on the streets," Ward said. "So trying to go interview with the Housing Council or seek health assistance or do a job interview, they don’t want to leave their stuff. We don’t have enough storage and that’s something the city can provide."

Ward feels that the use of the former Chargers stadium can be re-purposed as a safe place for those without shelter. 

Homelessness has increased by 18-percent over a one-year period according to a January report from San Diego Regional Task Force.

With only 1,240 shelter beds, there are too few to meet the rising homeless population.

City departments will now work with Ward to come up with a plan and budget for his project ideas.