Stars and Stripes stripes.com 25 Dec, 2020 16:00 am

San Diego made this Christmas much more joyful for 400 homeless people

San Diego made this Christmas much more joyful for 400 homeless people
Earlier this month, Karla and Marshall Press became two of the first of 400 homeless people who will move into one of two hotels the city of San Diego bought to convert to housing.

San Diego made this Christmas much more joyful for 400 homeless people Karla and Marshal Press were homeless until this month when they moved into one of the two hotels the city of San Diego purchased to house homeless people.JARROD VALLIERE/THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE SAN DIEGO (Tribune News Service) — Karla and Marshall Press sat on the couch in their new home and tried to remember how they celebrated Christmas last year.Marshall seemed to remember seeing more drive-bys that day, the term for people who pass through homeless areas to give toiletries and food, but then remembered that they had a meal served by the Salvation Army at Golden Hall in downtown San Diego.Earlier this month, the couple became two of the first of 400 homeless people who will move into one of two hotels the city of San Diego bought to convert to housing.

Karla and Marshall Press had been staying at a temporary shelter in the San Diego Convention Center, and other tenants have come from interim housing at PATH's Connections Housing or the Paul Mirabile Center shelter at Father Joe's Villages.Marshall, 43, is a San Diego native who grew up in Mira Mesa and once earned almost $70,000 a year as a senior merchandise manager, a job that required him to fly to different states each weekend.

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