UnitedHealthcare announced it is giving a $250,000 grant to the San Diego Housing Commission to help operate The City of San Diego Downtown Emergency Winter Shelter, one of two temporary shelters for the area’s homeless.
UnitedHealthcare representatives met with community leaders at the downtown winter shelter today and presented a $250,000 check to City of San Diego and the San Diego Housing Commission. The grant is expected to provide more than half of the total funding for the downtown shelter this winter, covering operating expenses, meals, leased shower facilities, and utilities.
The announcement coincided with final preparations for the official opening of the downtown facility in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Located in Barrio Logan, south of downtown San Diego, the shelter will provide 220 beds and shelter during the coldest and wettest months of the year; it is expected to help about 800 homeless people during the four-month period. The San Diego Housing Commission is the administrator of the Emergency Winter Shelter Program for the city. The program also includes a second shelter away from the downtown area that exclusively serves about 300 homeless military veterans, and that shelter is expected to open in early December.
The $250,000 grant is part of UnitedHealthcare’s Affordable Housing Investment Program, which helps provide critical financing for affordable-housing projects in targeted communities throughout the United States. The funding was secured through the work of the Affirmed Housing Group and Enterprise Community Investment, Inc., two organizations that advocate and help support affordable-housing projects in California and nationwide.
“We are grateful to UnitedHealthcare for this grant and its efforts to provide a warm and safe shelter for the men and women who are homeless this winter season,” said Richard C. Gentry, president and CEO, San Diego Housing Commission. “We also appreciate the outreach to UnitedHealthcare by Affirmed Housing Group, the co-developer of Connections Housing Downtown, the city-sponsored one-stop homeless service center that is set to open early next year.”