Transitional Storage Center (TSC) - Fast Facts


The Transitional Storage Center is now at our new location, 252 16th Street, San Diego, CA 92101. We have expanded at our new location, and now have 353 bins available for use. This is the most bins in use since the start of the TSC.  While this is a great achievement, there is still a need for more bins, as we have a waiting list of 120 people.  

The new location is owned by the San Diego Housing Commission.  Thanks to the City and Housing Commission's dedication to the Center, along with our wonderful supporters, we now have a long-term solution.  We would like to thank Father Joe's for providing the previous location for over a year.

A big thank you also goes out to all of our amazing donors in the community who came to the aid of GTT when we needed them most.  A special thanks to the City of San Diego for agreeing to provide financial support for the Center, as well as to our private donors: the Anthony Robbins Foundation, Harbor Presbyterian Church, Downtown Fellowship of Churches and Ministries, Jerome's, and Ace Parking.

We look forward to expanding the number of people we serve at the new location, and making a greater contribution to advancing basic dignity for those living on the streets! Check out our media coverage on TV KPBS, San Diego 6, Union Tribune, and NBC


Bins are provided to clients free of charge.  Anyone living on the streets who is interested in obtaining a bin should go to the Center during operating hours, M-F, 7 a.m. - 11 a.m., 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., or on Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and put their name on the waiting list.  There is generally a one to two week turnaround for obtaining a bin. 

Goal of the Transitional Storage Center

The primary goal of the Center is to provide a place where homeless individuals can safely store their personal belongings. This allows them to use public transportation, job hunt, work, attend classes, meet with health professionals and other service providers, and generally begin the transition back to housing, while freeing the streets of almost 30,000lbs of personal belongings.

  • Current capacity is 353 bins, however we will be expanding to provide more bins to more clients.
  • The current capacity translates to approximately 30,000 lbs of belongings which are no longer on the streets of downtown.
  • The Center is a win-win solution for those who are clients at the Center, as well as the residents and business owners of downtown San Diego.
  • Approximately 30% of clientele are women, 20% are veterans, 25% are seniors, 30% have disabilities.
  • We have 120+ people waiting to get a bin.
  • Clients have access to their bins twice a day -- mornings and evenings.
  • Approximate cost to run the facility is $1 per bin per day, or $365 per bin per year.
  • The Center employs one full-time attendant and one full-time attendant/security guard.
  • Staff are supplemented with volunteers as needed, mainly from the homeless community as well as interns.
  • We also offer community service hours to those that represent us well and are willing to work hard.
  • GTT is seeking funding to install lockers which will replace the bins, and is always seeking funds to maintain program operations.

How the Center Came to Be

The Center was started in 2011 due to a settlement won against the City of San Diego, which involved homeless individuals whose belongings were wrongfully taken by the City and destroyed. Girls Think Tank took over as operator in 2012. Since then, approximately 100 people have been able to gain employment and move off the streets due to the service the Center provides. Both of our employees at the Center lived on the streets at some point in their lives, and it is thanks to their pride and work ethic that the Center operates the way that it does.


A former client of the Center, D. May, said "The stress of worrying about what little bit I had left was a heavy burden (theft, weather, judgement). The storage center gave me freedom from worry and the ability to go to the library and seek employment and seek suitable clothing for employment, knowing I have a safe, clean, out-of-the-weather personal storage bin. My job search has been successful. I will once again be a productive member of society."

How Can You Help?

  • Consider a donation.  You can support the Transitional Storage Center with a tax-deductible donation by clicking on the Donate button on the left.  A gift of $365 sponsors a bin for one year.

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