Hepatitis A outbreak prompts San Diego to build giant tents for its homeless

The first of three industrial-sized tents to house San Diego’s homeless opened Friday as part of the city’s efforts to contain a hepatitis A outbreak.

About 20 people made their way to bunk beds Friday in a tent that will house 350 single men and women. Two other giant tents will open later this month — one for families and one for veterans.

San Diego turned to tents to get people off the streets and contain a hepatitis A outbreak that has killed 20 people in the past year.

“There’s going to be a marked different in what we see on the streets today and what we see at this time next year,” said Bob McElroy of the Alpha Project, the nonprofit group that will operate the tents.

“There’s going to be a marked different in what we see on the streets today and what we see at this time next year.”

– Bob McElroy of the Alpha Project, a group that will operate San Diego’s tents for the homeless

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