TIJUANA.- This week, Tijuana Mayor Jorge Astiazaran officially inaugurated the Jehova Protege su Pueblo shelter, a place to provide temporary shelter to deportees living in the river banks of the Tijuana River. The shelter opens precisely in time for the heavy rains hitting the city that have the Baja California in the state of pre-alert.
The Mayor indicated that the shelter is part of the ongoing Programa Mejora campaign which has been underway in the river zone to offer basic services to the deportees. The new shelter has been designated as an option for homeless deportees during the rainy season, when risks of flooding put the lives of these homeless residents in danger.
Mayor Astiazarán stated that the city government is providing support to this shelter, by way of food and basic necessities in order to ensure that the homeless are out of danger during the extreme weather conditions.
"We know that many people do not want to leave their encampments in the river, but we are inviting you to come to this shelter before the rain starts and avoid putting yourselves in harms way", said Mayor Astiazaran.
The program also includes a flu shot for homeless residents, and it is expected that two-hundred people will receive the shot in the first stage of the campaign.
Currently, twenty-five people have signed up for refuge at the shelter, and it is anticipated that in the coming hours more will arrive as the weather worsens.
Via Tijuana Mayoral Office Bulletin.