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One-stop homeless services center going to council committee

April 15, 2010 - 10:26 am

It’s been just over a year since the city of San Diego issued a request for proposals for a one-stop homeless-services center. The winning proposal’s been selected and will be presented to the City Council’s Land Use and Housing committee on Wednesday, April 21. According to a press release from the San Diego Housing Commission, which oversaw the selection process, the winning proposal was submitting by Los Angeles-based PATH, whose PATH Mall is held up as a model of a one-stop service center.

Some info-bits, according to the press release:

* The service-center would be located in the World Trade Center building at 1250 Sixth Ave.

* A medical clinic “would serve as the anchor tenant” and be operated by Family Health Centers of San Diego

* Support services would include “mental health screening, drug and alcohol treatment and job counseling”

* The proposal calls for up to 150 units of transitional housing and 75 units of supportive housing (housing plus services)

* Building renovations won’t begin until November 2011 and are expected to take a year to complete. The cost is estimated between $18 million to $21.5 million. The Center City Development Corp. has pledged $10 million.

* Annual operating costs would be roughly $3 million.

* According to the press release, “Renovating the World Trade Center would be a positive reuse of a historic building and provide crucially needed services and housing for the community.”

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