San Diego Opens Tents for the Homeless to Contain Hepatitis A Outbreak

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Rows of tents are seen at the city’s works yard as the city of San Diego opens a transitional camp area for homeless people following a hepatitis A breakout in San Diego, California, U.S., October 9, 2017.

San Diego recently opened the first of three industrial tents that will provide temporary housing to homeless people as part of the city’s efforts to contain the hepatitis A outbreak that is currently spreading across California.

The two other tents will be opened sometime later this month. Each tent will be able to house 350 single men and women. With over 3,000 homeless people living in San Diego, the city hopes to get these people off the streets and contain the hepatitis A outbreak.

The San Diego Housing Commission and City Council have allocated $6.5 million so that the tents will be operational for at least seven months. Three providers — The Alpha Project, Father Joe’s Villages and Veterans Village of San Diego — will provide basic services, including mental health care, medical assistance and housing navigators, to those who are admitted to the tents.

The housing program is a temporary solution with homeless people slated to only stay for 120 days. About 65 percent are expected to move into permanent housing.

San Diego’s industrial tents, which follow the 200-capacity campgrounds set up in October, is the city’s response to the hepatitis A outbreak that has spread at an alarming rate.

According to the California Department of Public Health, the state is currently experiencing the largest person-to-person hepatitis A outbreak in the United States since the…

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