Samuel Jones Hall

Emergency Shelter at Sam Jones Hall

Update 1.12.20

Actions to Address COVID-19 Cases at Samuel Jones Hall

An additional three positive COVID-19 test results have been received at the Samuel L. Jones Hall Homeless Shelter as of January 6, 2021, resulting in 14 positive test results at the shelter since mid-December 2020. Testing was prompted after an individual experienced a potential COVID-19 exposure, which was confirmed to be negative, and is part of a larger effort to provide on-going testing at the shelter in partnership with St. Joseph’s Health. Individuals with positive test results have been placed in the newly completed Emergency Shelter Annex on the City’s SJH property, a hotel room, and the Sonoma County Alternate Care Site (ACS), as space is available. 

Catholic Charities, the City's primary homeless services provider, is working closely with Sonoma County Public Health to best manage the situation at SJH, including the following steps:

  • Screening/Isolation – Catholic Charities and St. Joseph’s Health is conducting daily symptom and temperature checks of all shelter clients and staff. The new Emergency Shelter has been made available as space to isolate symptomatic individuals until testing and alternate shelter can be arranged. Additionally, any individuals known to have been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual have been isolated in a separate, smaller dorm area within the Emergency Shelter Annex.
  • Testing – St. Joseph’s Health will be on-site twice weekly to conduct testing. This will continue until the shelter reaches two consecutive weeks with no positive cases.
  • Education – Clients are being provided with information on transmission and prevention, their risk and what Catholic Charities and Public Health are planning to do to mitigate their risk. 
  • Other Precautions – New intakes to the shelter as well as exits are on hold until the shelter reaches the two-week benchmark. Catholic Charities has also provided masks for all staff and clients. 

Update: 1.5.21

Emergency Shelter Annex Restores 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. In December 2020, the City completed an emergency shelter expansion at SJH to restore available bed capacity back to pre-COVID-19 occupancy, while maintaining social distancing requirements.The project scope for the new annex structure at Sam Jones Hall featured installation of an approximately 8,000 square foot prefabricated 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. The emergency shelter building was placed in the parking lot, adjacent to the current shelter building and can house up to 60 individuals.

The project was 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.

For more information about the City’s ongoing efforts to address homelessness amid the COVID-19 emergency, visit SRCity.org/COVID19HomelessSupport.