Mayor Bob Filner said Thursday he hopes to find funding to keep the city’s tent shelter for homeless military veterans open year-round, not the four months planned in his next year’s budget.

At an information session for the press, Filner invoked his common refrain about ending homelessness for veterans. So I asked him whether that means keeping the veterans tent open year-round next year. The mayor already plans to keep the city’s other tent shelter open year-round at a cost of $1.3 million next year.

The city’s independent budget analyst estimated adding the extra months to the veterans shelter would add about $600,000 to that tent’s budget next year.

Filner acknowledged that’s not in his proposed budget — “yet,” he said.

“I’m committed to really doing more,” he said. “It’s not only an economic necessity but it’s a moral necessity.”

Meanwhile, the agency operating short-term beds for homeless people at Connections Housing, the city’s new permanent facility, recently said it faces a gap of about $500,000 in the next year.

NBC 7 San Diego’s Catherine Garcia and I outlined that gap, the funding needed if the city keeps the veterans tent open year-round and other changes in funding for homeless shelters under Filner’s administration, in this week’s episode of San Diego Explained:

View more videos at: http://nbcsandiego.com.

I’m Kelly Bennett, reporter for Voice of San Diego. You can reach me directly at kelly.bennett@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0531.

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    6 comments
    Mark Giffin
    Mark Giffin subscribermember

    Limited resources should go to vets first .

    mgland
    mgland

    Limited resources should go to vets first .

    Jim Starowicz
    Jim Starowicz subscriber

    USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71

    JimS
    JimS

    USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71

    La Playa Heritage
    La Playa Heritage subscribermember

    Plus allow the Alpha Project with Mayoral permission to keep the Neil Good Day Center open all night, year long, insteead of limited hours during the day.

    La Playa Heritage
    La Playa Heritage

    Plus allow the Alpha Project with Mayoral permission to keep the Neil Good Day Center open all night, year long, insteead of limited hours during the day.


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