Oakland plans to have Homeless People Living in Tuff Sheds
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is scouting three potential sites to set up camps that will accommodate about 40 homeless people each. The only catch is that instead of living in tents, the people will be living in Tuff Sheds. The Oakland City Council has allocated over $550,000 for the first of three planned “outdoor Navigation Centers,” as Schaaf described them. The 20 prefab Tuff Sheds would include toilets, fencing, security and daytime staff managers. Schaaf stated,
Our goal is to get these established in time for the rainy season.
Schaaf claims the goal is to get the camps “off the sidewalks” and the homeless people into “safety and services.” Schaaf stated that private donors and organizations are needed to help pick up the tab, including paying for the sheds, which cost about $3,300 each. Residents would live two to a shed and be limited to stays of six months. The Tuff Shed shelter plan would be similar in many to San Francisco’s Navigation Centers, where homeless people are placed in sheltered dorms while getting services aimed at getting them into permanent housing. A recent countywide survey found 2,761 homeless people live in Oakland encampments, which has gone up around 25 percent in the past two year. Hopefully the plan works out for Oakland and more homeless people are able to get temporary shelter.