SDRRN MIGRANT SHELTER HISTORY
November 2018 – June 2020
In October 2018, Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) abruptly ended a program known as “Safe Release,” which helped asylum-seekers connect with friends and family in the U.S. as they waited for their court date. Abandoned on the streets of downtown San Diego, migrant families were left vulnerable to crime and risked straining County resources by adding to our expanding homeless population. The San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN) filled this critical gap in government assistance by standing up an emergency respite shelter for asylum seekers. By mid-November 2019, ICE began coordinating with the SDRRN to drop-off migrant families at the SDRRN Migrant Shelter each day.
Jewish Family Service of San Diego is the operator of the SDRRN Migrant Shelter and continues to provide critical respite shelter to asylum seekers.
Between October 2018 and December 2020, the shelter served more than 23,500 asylum seekers – mostly pregnant females and family units – and provided beds, food, clothing, health services, legal aid, and transportation assistance to help families connect with loved ones across the country as they continued their legal process to gain asylum.
Starting in June 2020, services for asylum seekers released by the government transitioned from a congregate shelter space to individual hotel rooms by JFS as part of the services it offers under the San Diego Rapid Response Network. We will continue to prioritize the needs of asylum seekers through targeted transition services and legal assistance, ensuring that No One Stands Alone In Our Community.
On October 1, 2019, we marked the one-year anniversary of the JFS Migrant Family Shelter. Take a look back at this incredible community effort to help asylum-seekers on their journey toward a better life.