Since August 2019, when our church was forced to cease the operation of our non-profit music venue The Irenic and cease using our Community Center for a youth shelter on Tuesday nights as we've done for much of our churches history, we were forced into a position where we needed to fight not only for our rights as a faith community, but for our existence financially. In the fall, we began working with one of Southern California's leading law firms for churches, Tyler and Bursch LLP, in order to file a lawsuit against the City of San Diego for violating our constitutional rights as a community of faith.
After meeting with the City Attorney's office early this year, we felt confident that we would be able to settle our dispute with the City, hopefully reopening our non-profit music venue and beginning to house those without a home the way that Christ has called us to. We are still in active negotiations with our lawyers and the City, and are hopeful that we may reach a reasonable and fair resolution. Since February, Missiongathering has been in full compliance with all of the physical requests made by the City Inspector and San Diego Fire.
However, we have faced one significant hurdle in our ability to fully comply with the City's Civil Penalty Notice- because the City cannot find the original building documents for our property, it has been impossible to both hire contractors to help us obtain the needed permits without these documents, and for the City to inspect the property against the original drawings. While the City has promised to help work with us to resolve this matter, there has been little actual progress made on being able to actually be reinspected which would be required before we could reopen The Irenic or our homeless youth shelter.
The financial burden that the City's actions have forced our church into has required that we also pursue the potential for needing to sell our property and relocate within proximity to our current campus. While we have opened up this process and are exploring this potential, we are still committed to fighting for the ability to continue to remain at our property at the corner of Polk and Illinois.
We have been so grateful for the resiliency of our community and those around San Diego who have stepped up and supported us as we press forward in this battle. We ask that you would continue to prayerfully support our church in this fight for our right to be the church, and consider giving to our GoFund Me to help cover the ongoing cost of our legal representation.