From Deacon Jim’s Desk: Turning the Key

On March 30, I sat around a kitchen table with friends, neighbors and local leaders to talk about something big. Over the next few years, Father Joe’s Villages is going to breathe new life into underused lots and overlooked buildings, providing housing for nearly 2,500 neighbors in need. I’m happy to share with you our newest initiative – Turning the Key: Unlocking a brighter San Diego.



San Diego has one of the lowest rental vacancy rates in the country. It’s simple – our region’s homelessness crisis will not be resolved until we create more housing that people can afford. Turning the Key will be the foundation for change by bringing 2,000 units of housing to San Diego, including the transformation of motels into apartments.


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Turning the Key will add much-needed affordable housing specifically designed to serve people who have fallen into homelessness. Through our 67 years of experience, we’ve learned that sleeping on the street is often the final leg of an otherwise complicated path of unpredictable circumstances. Turning the Key makes easily accessible supportive services a core component to housing, which helps ensure lasting self-sufficiency for each individual.


At its core, San Diego’s homelessness crisis is a housing crisis. We see the potential for motels to transform info affordable apartments for those that need them most – just as we see the potential in each and every one of the men, women and children who are homeless in San Diego.


Our plan is bold because bold ideas are the way change happens. I invite you to join us and become part of the solution. Click here to make a donation and help us end homelessness, one life at a time.


Yours in God’s Service to Our Neighbors in Need,

Signature of Deacon Jim of Father Joe's Villages Helping San Diego Homeless