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Billy McIntosh walked from 16th Street and turned down on Commercial on Thursday, November 19. He had recently seen one cold-weather tent shelter built in the area, now he encountered another white tent going up at 14th Street.

“Wow, it looks like another shelter for us,” said McIntosh, who is homeless after losing his construction job and running out of unemployment insurance.

“Don’t get confused between the tents,” said Lisa Huff from St. Vincent de Paul Village in an interview phone call. “Our tent is for the relocation of [some of] our...clients planned for January 2010 so that we can build a high-rise shelter at the corner of 16th and Commercial.”

Construction crews are at work on the site.

“I’ve seen the building model of the new shelter,” said Steven Howes, a year-and-a-half-long resident of the Bishop Maher Center (the building that’s to be replaced on the St. Vincent de Paul property). “It’s a cross between an office building and a hotel. It’s going to be pretty cool, but in January of next year, we will move to the tent with wood walls.”

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Foster75 Nov. 30, 2009 @ 8:23 a.m.

I'm glad the homeless are getting more housing. It seems San Diego County is becoming an area with a range of people who have low income and those with high income. Hopefully more people help reduce the income gap! That's why us students need more classes and opportunities instead of getting budget reductions and higher student fees.

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GGaines Dec. 9, 2009 @ 10:14 a.m.

It seems that you write some interesting articals about the homeless people in San Diego. I'm Interested in hearig more of your articals about the homeless sitution.

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