Merle’s Place

February 1, 2004

HomeAid San Diego’s First Commercial Project

In partnership with the San Diego Chapter of The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Shamrock Development and Burger Construction over saw the construction of Merle’s Place, HomeAid San Diego’s first shelter project that utilized the expertise and resources of commercial builders. The project was a special opportunity for the NAIOP membership to rally its’ resources behind HomeAid San Diego and showcase the commercial industry’s commitment to assisting San Diego’s temporarily homeless.

Merle’s Place is managed by Interfaith Community Services, a non-profit organization that is a collaboration of over 400 faith congregations. Interfaith Community Services provides a fully integrated continuum of care for impoverished, homeless and unemployed persons in North County.

Located in two warehouse bays immediately adjoining the agency’s Escondido headquarters, Merle’s Place provides 48 transitional shelter beds for North San Diego County’s most vulnerable homeless populations: the disabled, senior citizens and veterans. KMA Architecture & Engineering donated its’ services to design a shelter that features dormitory-style bedrooms, bathrooms and lounge areas. Existing on-site amenities include a cafeteria, computer lab, job training and referrals, medical clinic, mail/messaging services, counseling and case management.

Merle’s Place was an ideal way for commercial builders to pool their collective resources and expertise to provide critically needed shelter beds for North County’s homeless.