Fresno Rescue Mission*

Fresno Rescue Mission*
August 4, 2020 Charly Ligety

Fresno Rescue Mission [Draft]

San Diego Navigation Center


In December 2017, The Alpha Project’s Bridge Shelter opened in downtown San Diego, providing transitional housing for up to 350 men and women.


  • In April 2017, it was widely reported that among the county’s homeless population, 62 percent were in the City of San Diego. The city’s total of 5,619 homeless represented a 10.3 percent increase from the prior year. In December 2017, an annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said San Diego County had the fourth-largest homeless population in the United States. The San Diego region’s total of 9,100 homeless people was behind only New York City, Los Angeles County, and King County, Wash., which includes Seattle.
  • San Diego ranked 10th nationally, with 1,589 homeless families with children; seventh in 1,160 unaccompanied homeless youth ages 18-24; and third for homeless veterans, approximately 1,067 military veterans in a city — which is designated as the second best military town in the country, contributing hundreds of millions of dollars to our local economy. It became evident that our community had failed to care for the men and women who have served our country (source).
  • In mid-2017, San Diego yet again made national news with the Hepatitis A outbreak that killed 20 people, and sickened hundreds of others — two-thirds of which were homeless, illicit drug-users, or both (source).

Mission: Provide an alternative to encampments to help move people off the streets, through bridge housing facilities, and into long-term housing.

Backstory Detail


  • Late in 2016, Seidler and Shea’s group met with Dr. James Harris III, president of the University of San Diego, to discuss developing a “Best in Class” model based upon successful homeless solutions in other U.S. cities, specifically: Houston, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City. The team concluded that no practical endeavor concerning the homeless will work without an integrated approach to the issue. Chief among the integrated approach included 1) Full utilization of the Coordinated Entry System (CES); 2) a needs assessment component; 3) triage resources; and 4) full utilization of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
  • In June of 2017, in partnership with the University of San Diego, Seidler and Shea’s team held a press conference to announce plans for a new idea: a temporary homeless shelter idea where Sprung Structure industrial tents would house up to 250 San Diegans in each shelter by the end of 2017.
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Owner: Land  is a vacated, dead-end street, located adjacent to The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System’s SANDAG service center, alongside the rail yard.

Previous Use:  Dead-end street.

Use Arrangement: ***

Site Selection Criteria Considerations: ***

Site Selection Notes


  • Plans for the Venice shelter triggered a lawsuit by an advocacy group, the Venice Stakeholders Assn., arguing that the city and other government agencies had failed to properly review how “this large and extraordinary project” would affect the neighborhood.
  • A Superior Court judge ruled against the group, citing a state law, championed by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), that exempts any shelter or homeless housing project in Los Angeles from the California Environmental Quality Act if it receives funding from key state and local sources.



Upfront Development* $2.8 million $5 million from City, $3 million from California Community Foundation Grant
Cost Per Bed* $**k 350 beds in total
Operating Costs* $4.5 million/year San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) reserves and a federal Moving to Work grant.


Cost Per Bed* $13k/year $35/bed/night 


Funding Notes


  • In 2015, philanthropic partners – Peter Seidler, majority owner and managing partner of the San Diego Padres and CEO of Seidler Equity Partners, asked businessman Dan Shea, owner of Donovan’s restaurants, to join him to help solve the humanitarian plight of the homeless in San Diego.
  • The team committed to provide funding for some of the Sprung tents to begin the process immediately, if city and county government did their respective parts in contributing to daily shelter services, assessments, and mental health wrap-around services.
  • City of San Diego helped secure more than $6.5 million in permanent housing funding from the San Diego Housing Commission to make the project possible.
  • Continued operating costs come from the City, approved annually by the San Diego City Council to use more than $11 million to keep three temporary bridge shelters (voted in June 2019 for operations through June 2020). The funding is split between the Alpha Project, $5.3 million, Veterans Village of San Diego, $3.5 million, and Father Joe’s Villages, $2.4 million.
  • Funding for the bridge shelter program will come from the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) reserves and a federal Moving to Work grant.

Additional Funding Notes

  • This year, as part of the State’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-20 Budget, the State set aside $650 million in one-time funding for the construction and expansion of emergency shelters and
    navigation centers, rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, job programs, and for innovative projects like hotel/motel conversions. The Homeless Housing, Assistance, and
    Prevention Program (HHAPP) will make available $275 million to large cities, with a significant portion going to Los Angeles.
  • Prior state funds for emergency shelters were provided by the 2018-enacted HEAP funding allocations (link).


Lead Deal Coordinator Alpha Project
Philanthropic Funder Lucky Duck Foundation
Community Engagement City of San Diego
Construction Management ***
Shelter Vendor / Manufacturer Sprung Structure
On-Site Assembly  ? ?


Design Notes


  • The design includes 100 beds within the membrane structure, 54 additional beds in youth trailers, a hygiene trailer, a youth hygiene trailer, 154 60-gallon storage containers, a free-standing shade structure, an administration trailer, and an exterior dining area. Other features include an outdoor pet area, bike racks, a smoking area and general open space.


Lead Operator:

Operator Alpha Project is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) human services organization that serves over 4,000 men, women, and children each day. Founded in 1986 as a simple project offering work opportunities for homeless men. The agency has created over 600 units of affordable rental housing projects and has sponsored home ownership programs.

Agreement ***
  • ** day-shift workers
  • Shelter Manager
  • Program Supervisor
  • Logistic Coordinators
  • Case Managers
  • Security
  • Janitorial
  • Back-end Admin
Services Provided Alpha Project provides wraparound services, which include intensive case management, linkages to medical and mental health support, groups and classes for self- awareness.

  • Serves the community’s most vulnerable individuals from each of the intervention categories using a low barrier and Housing First model;
  • Uses best practices techniques and delivery system such as Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care, and Critical Time Intervention; and
  • Utilizes Housing Navigation
  • Strives to create a cohesive workflow within the Regional Coordinated Entry System (CES).
  • ~$34/bed/night operating costs
Operating Expenses
  • On-Site Personnel
  • Maintenance
  • Client Services, meals


Operation Notes


  • PATH is a nonprofit that has done work with the City of Los Angeles in the past
  • Local preference policy at shelters – People from the tent city campground in Golden Hill are the first to move in here.

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