Workers Build Temporary Homeless Shelter

Workers Build Temporary Homeless Shelter

SAN DIEGO - A downtown parking lot is being transformed into a temporary winter homeless shelter. 

It's located on Newton Avenue and 16th Street in Downtown.  Piece by piece, veterans with the Veteran's Village of San Diego are in the process of constructing it.

"You feel like you're helping out the community and at least they won't be stuck in the cold all year along," said Jerry Clark, Veteran.

When the 230 bed shelter is complete, it will offer three meals a day, flu shots and mental health counselors.

"It will literally save the taxpayer millions of dollars for having these guys inside for four months," said Bob McElroy, Alpha Project President..

Currently there are around 8,000 men, women, and children living on the streets of San Diego.

"Twenty five percent of the people in this shelter will be veterans," said McElroy.

Thanks to 11 veterans and the Alpha Project, a non-profit organization that helps the homeless, they will have a warm place to sleep.

But for many of the guys hard at work, it's more than just putting up a structure.

"I lived on the street of 17 years," said Clark, Veteran.

"I know i was hopeless," said Anthony Quinn, Veteran.

Anthony Quinn served in the Marine Corps in the early 80's.  He says drugs and alcohol left him on the streets.  

"There is something about being with these men that are living life clean and sober today and feeling a sense of self worth," said Quinn, Veteran.

Today, Anthony has a renewed sense of hope for his future.  He can only hope those who step foot in this shelter find the same.

The shelter opens on November 17 and will run for about four months.