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.
Del Mar racing fans had a different reason to cheer on Saturday. This time it was for Martine Bellocq.
Deserts will dry out over the weekend, monsoonal moisture returning by Tuesday. Weekend temperatures slightly warmer as the high moves over the region, bringing in drier air. Beach conditions to improve Saturday. Water temperature slightly cooler than last week.
A man who fired a gun and threatened customers at a Fallbrook bar early Saturday morning was thwarted by patrons who tackled him and held him until law enforcement could arrive, a San Diego County sheriff's deputy said.
A man is suspected of crashing his car into a Skyline home and fleeing before being apprehended by police early Saturday morning.
The San Diego team in the Alliance of American football announced the signing of former San Diego State offensive tackle Terry Poole, a fourth-round choice by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2015 NFL draft, and nine other players.
A San Diego man with a prior conviction for the same offense was sentenced in federal court to more than 3 1/2 years in prison for his admitted role in a human-smuggling attempt that seriously injured a U.S. Border Patrol officer.
San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Fischer is free Friday night after posting $2 million bail. He is accused of groping and assaulting more than a dozen women while on duty.