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Valuable homeless resource needs help

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A vital resource for the homeless in downtown San Diego is in danger of closing.

The Girls Think Tank's Transitional Storage Center is the only resource of its kind in which the homeless safely store their belongings while they look for work, go to school or simply live a life of less burden without fear of having their belongings stolen.

However, it's now in jeopardy of closing on January 10 and needs help from the community and downtown business leaders.

The Girls Think Tank board members have long been looking for a permanent facility for this important resource, which the homeless community considers one of the most important resources available in San Diego. In fact, it has helped nearly 40 percent of them secure jobs and work their way toward getting off the street.

A sea of 300 bins are temporarily housed in a parking lot on 16th & Commercial. All of that personal property in the bins, totaling 35,000 pounds, could end up back on the streets if the transitional storage center closes. The center needs a permanent, viable location for operation. Girls Think Tank needs either needs a rent free space, or a guaranteed source of funding which will allow them to rent a warehouse.

They would need a permanent location that is 4,000-5,000 square feet (can be outside if paved). They need this space rent free, or someone to fund the cost of renting the space.

Cost of running the center is $60,000 annually (not including any rent). They need funding for these overhead costs. If you would like to help, CLICK HERE.

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