May 18 2011 12:00 AM

Housing Commission finds funding to keep facility open

bonusnews
Photo by Kelly Davis

Only a month and a half before it was scheduled to close for lack of funding, the San Diego Housing Commission has found money to keep the Neil Good Day Center open. In a memo sent today to the San Diego City Council, Housing Commission CEO Rick Gentry said that after reviewing his agency's budget for the fiscal year starting July 1—per the request of City Councilmember Todd Gloria—"the Housing Commission is able to make the commitment of $500,000" to fund the Day Center through June 30, 2012.

Gentry's memo points out that the Day Center, which provides services to roughly 300 people a day and is operated by the nonprofit Alpha Project, historically has been funded through federal Community Development Block Grants, but "received no CDBG funding from the City Council" this year. A city facility, the Day Center's been open since 1991 and, as I noted in this article, is part of the city's comprehensive homeless policy. That policy, approved by the City Council in 1995, says that "Day Center services will be made available to the homeless population when needed, in order to offer unsheltered homeless persons a place to be during the daytime; personal hygiene services; and an entry point into shelters and other support services."


Calendar

  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • The former local boy and creator of the highly influential blog, Advanced Style, will be signing and discussing his third book, Advanced Style: Older and Wiser, which features inspiring pictures and stories...
  • C.J. Chenier and Bonsoir Catin headline this annual Cajun inspired festival. Also enjoy 10,000 pounds of crawfish, dancing and cooking demonstrations. Held at Spanish Landing Park, across from the...
  • A Cinco de Mayo party featuring $2 tacos, cocktails and live music from Bostich+Fussible, Javiera Mena and Gepe
  • A spoken word showcase hosted by English instructor Karla Cordero and her City College students. There will also be a special reading from poet Mercedez Holtry, as well as an art and photography show....
  • Widely known as host of "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live and for his role in the Showtime dramedy Weeds, Kevin Nealon brings his unique humor back to the stand-up stage
  • New works from over a dozen UCSD undergraduate students. Participating artists include Charity Algarme, Richard Lin, Joseph Maas, Ignatius Nguyen, and more
  • This video art exhibition from UCSD MFA candidate Stefani Byrd features two installations that explore the themes of breath, mediation, and the nature of time. Takes place in the VAF Performance Space,...
See all events on Thursday, May 5