Market Sector

San Diego Homeless Bridge Shelters



  • City of San Diego


  • A homeless count taken in January 2017 found more than 5,600 people sleeping on the streets in San Diego, with many living along the edges of downtown in hand-built encampments and tents lined along city blocks. The unsanitary conditions were blamed for a hepatitis A outbreak that had killed 20 people and sickened more than 500 others. The City of San Diego needed an immediate interim housing solution to get a significant number of homeless people off the streets transitioning to affordable/permanent housing. As there was a health epidemic, Hepatitis A, it was critical to have a solution as soon as possible.


  • The City of San Diego teamed up with a group of political and business leaders to push for an immediate solution consisting of three Sprung structures to serve as bridge housing. Within a few short weeks, three engineered tension membrane structures complete with fiberglass blanket insulation were completed. They are intended as a temporary stay for people to help transition to a permanent place to live. The Sprung structures will also provide space for health counselors, substance abuse counselors, case managers, and outreach specialists.

HUD Secretary
Ben Carson tours
San Diego’s
homeless shelter

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Navigation Shelter is a way to help people move to permanent homes.


  • 60’ wide by 120’ long – Father Joe’s Village
  • 60′ wide by 195′ long – Alpha Project
  • 50′ wide by 275′ long – Veterans Village of San Diego


“On behalf of the City of San Diego, thank you for the quick response provided by the team at Sprung Structures. With a number of pressing disaster relief situations, I appreciate that Sprung Structures balanced and expedited delivery for San Diegans in need.

Sprung Structures was true to its commitment to quality and service. The company’s willingness to advance the design and delivery process provided an immediate solution for our most vulnerable population.

Again, thank you for standing by your strong reputation. I am grateful and would not hesitate to share my experience with other cities and organizations.”

Kevin L. Faulconer


Sprung structures provide the ideal solution for homeless navigation centers

  • Immediate delivery from inventory
  • Building code compliant
  • Low impact
  • No foundations required
  • Bright spacious clear span interior
  • Energy efficient fiberglass insulation
  • Relocatable
  • Cost effective
  • Lease or purchase
  • Financing available


Tour a Sprung Bridge Shelter in San Diego with Alpha Project’s Bob McElroy