Oakland Might Open Homeless Shelter for Up to 1,000 People on Former Army Base

Oakland is looking at opening a massive homeless shelter for up to 1,000 people on the former army base, as the city continues to struggle with a skyrocketing homeless population and encampments in many neighborhoods. (Stephen Lam/The Chronicle)

Oakland will look into opening a massive homeless shelter for up to 1,000 people on the former army base, as the city continues to struggle with a skyrocketing homeless population and encampments in many neighborhoods.

The city has long struggled with too few shelter beds and little investment in permanent supportive housing, but officials are now opening or looking at expanding shelters, affordable housing, safe RV sites, tiny homes, pallet villages and other models to get people indoors.

The Oakland City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to direct the city to study whether it can house up to 1,000 unsheltered people at a 22-acre site that would become the city’s largest shelter.

The resolution, introduced by Council Member Carroll Fife, also directs the city to analyze the costs of creating the shelter.

“The City of Oakland is in the middle of an unprecedented homelessness crisis, which has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Fife wrote in the council report.

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SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle, Sarah Ravani