SAN DIEGO – San Diego inaugurated on Friday the first of three industrial-size tents to house the homeless as part of the city's efforts to contain an outbreak of hepatitis A due to the deplorable conditions in which they lived. people in the streets.  About 20 people went to a bunk on Friday in the tent that will house 350 men and women alone. Two other giant tents will open later this month, one for families and one for veterans. The stores will house a total of 700 people.
The city resorted to tents to get people out of the streets and contain an outbreak of hepatitis A that has killed 20 people in the last year, marking the worst epidemic of its kind in the United States. UU in 20 years. The virus lives in the feces.
"There will be a marked difference 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 tent that opened on Friday.
More than 3,000 people have been living on the streets of the city. The city opened a temporary camp in October, where 200 people lived in tents. Now they will move to the new giant stores.
Verna Vasbinder, 47, was among the first to move out of the camp. She rolled with her little black bitch, Lucy Lui, in the seat of her walker with a cardboard sign hanging from the back that said: "Do not touch the dog! The Human Bites!"
He dropped into his litter and already felt fortunate to finally be under a roof.