Emergency Expansion at City’s Homeless Shelter Property to Restore Bed Space to Pre-COVID-19 Levels
The Samuel Jones Hall (SJH) Homeless Shelter, located at 4020 Finley Avenue, is a critical facility providing shelter and services to persons experiencing homelessness. In March 2020, it was necessary to put measures in place to help protect SJH guests from COVID-19 by relocating some individuals out of the facility so that required social distancing measures could be implemented, resulting in a loss of 56 beds. The City is now planning an emergency shelter expansion at SJH to restore available bed capacity back to pre-COVID-19 occupancy, while maintaining social distancing requirements. The purpose of the expansion is to restore these critically needed shelter beds that were lost as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, not to increase overall bed capacity at the facility.
The emergency expansion plans include a new structure on the shelter property. The approximately 8,000 square foot prefabricated building will be placed in the parking lot, adjacent to the current shelter building. It will house up to 60 individuals and restore shelter bed capacity to pre-COVID-19 levels.
The project scope for the new structure at Sam Jones Hall features installation of an expedited emergency shelter building on existing paved areas, and health and safety improvements including a foundation, electrical service, heating and air conditioning, fire sprinklers, security cameras, and accessibility.
July 2020 – The project bid process is currently underway, following City Council approval of design build and procurement on July 21.
August 18, 2020 – Tentative date for when selected project will go to Council for contract award approval
Fall 2020 – Construction anticipated to begin as early as September 2020
The project is one of several implemented by the City during the COVID-19 emergency to protect persons experiencing homelessness and the community at large, including the provision of hotel rooms for unsheltered individuals who are at high-risk for COVID-19, placement of sanitary facilities at or near known encampments, and the activation of the Safe Social Distancing Program in a section of the parking lot at Finley Community Center.
The City is currently exploring a number of options to address homelessness, including partnering with Sonoma County on an indoor-outdoor shelter and expanding its safe parking program at several City locations.