COVID-19 Updates: Learn about our health & safety protocols and our temporary shelter operation.

Temporary Shelter

Temporary Shelter

As part of our region’s response to COVID-19, the San Diego Convention Center is serving as a temporary shelter for our neighbors in need. This use creates more space in our region to serve people experiencing homelessness and allows for adequate physical distancing within current shelter facilities.

Please see the following City of San Diego press releases for more information:

April 16: Proactive COVID-19 Testing Begins for Shelter Residents at Convention Center

April 15: After Moving Hundreds from Shelters to Convention Center, Outreach Teams Bring in Homeless Individuals Off Streets

April 7: Over 800 Moved to San Diego Convention Center as More Homeless Individuals Relocate

April 5: Veterans from Bridge Shelter Move to Convention Center to Protect Homeless Individuals from COVID-19

April 1: Convention Center Opens as Temporary Regional Homeless Shelter Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

March 24: Work Begins To Offer More Room For Homeless To Shelter

March 23: Preparations Underway to Open All of Golden Hall, Parts of Convention Center to Serve Homeless Individuals

Need Assistance?

If you need housing, food or other necessities, please contact 211 San Diego:

  • Online at
  • By phone: dial 2-1-1, or call 858.300.1211 or 800.227.0997

For more information, see the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless.


The City of San Diego has received generous contributions from local businesses and residents to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Additional resources are still greatly needed. If you have resources you are able to contribute, please visit All donations must be cleared through the City’s Emergency Operations Center. Drop off donations will not be accepted.



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