SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A place for the homeless to store their possessions in downtown San Diego will stay in operation with a $39,000 donation approved unanimously by the City Council Tuesday.
The next step for supporters of the Transitional Storage Center is to find a permanent site.
The facility, also called the Homeless Storage Check-in Center, is currently located at Father Joe's Villages, 1610 Commercial St., but it can remain there only until the end of the year.
A nonprofit called the Girls Think Tank is looking for a permanent location. According to city documents, the group is focusing on an empty lot on 17th Street.
More than 300 homeless individuals store their bedding and other items in the 4,500-square-foot facility. Backers of the program say that frees them up to look for work, see doctors or visit social service agencies -- things that might lead to getting them off the streets.
Another 120 people are on a waiting list.
"This is a program that works," said Councilman Kevin Faulconer, who represents the area.
It keeps an estimated 30,000 pounds of possessions off the streets.
The storage center vacated its prior site at Broadway and Ninth Avenue last month when the city started construction on a low-income housing complex.
The grant will be administered by the San Diego Housing Commission.
The San Diego Police Department has launched an internal investigation into a program intended to reward officers for making drug arrests.
Police were involved a pursuit late Saturday that ended with a deadly officer-involved shooting in Escondido.
Two people died early Sunday morning after a high-speed chase ended in a head-on crash in North County.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.
An approaching winter storm is poised to open an "atmospheric river" of subtropical rain clouds on Southern California this week, but the San Diego area is expected to see just a fraction of that moisture, forecasters said Sunday.
A man threw rocks at vehicles on Interstate 5 near Imperial Beach Sunday, and threatened police with a pickaxe as he ran into a riverbed.
San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate's top job.
A 16-year-old boy was allegedly drunk when he crashed his car into a stopped vehicle, pinning a motorist between two bumpers, police said Sunday.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
A large plume of smoke filled the sky in Miramar on Saturday morning after a concrete supply building went up in flames.