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Posted on: August 27, 2020

City to Restore Homeless Shelter Bed Capacity to Pre COVID-19 Levels

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UPDATE (8/27/20)

The City of Santa Rosa is moving forward with plans for an emergency shelter installation to restore bed capacity to pre COVID-19 levels at the Samuel L. Jones Hall Homeless Shelter (SJH). Installation of the emergency shelter building is expected to begin in September, following the City Council’s award of the contract to Graves Construction on Tuesday, August 25.

SJH, located at 4020 Finley Avenue in Santa Rosa, is owned by the City and operated by Catholic Charities as a critical facility providing shelter and services to persons experiencing homelessness. In March 2020, to help protect SJH guests from COVID-19, it was necessary to relocate some individuals out of the facility to other sites so that required social distancing measures could be implemented at SJH, resulting in a loss of 56 beds. The emergency shelter installation will restore available bed capacity back to pre-COVID-19 occupancy, while maintaining social distancing requirements. The purpose of the emergency shelter project is to restore these critically needed shelter beds at SJH, not to increase overall bed capacity at the facility.

The scope of the approximately $2.7-million project includes an 8,000-square-foot prefabricated building to be placed on existing paved areas in the parking lot at SJH next to the current shelter building. Health and safety improvements including a foundation, electrical service, heating and air conditioning, fire sprinklers, security cameras, and accessibility are also a part of the project. Construction is expected to begin in September 2020 and take approximately four months to complete.

The project is one of several implemented by the City during the public health emergency to protect persons experiencing homelessness and the community at large from spread of COVID-19, including the provision of hotel rooms for sheltered and unsheltered individuals who are at high-risk for COVID-19, activation of the Safe Social Distancing Program in a section of the parking lot at Finley Community Center, and placement of sanitary facilities at or near known encampments.

The City is currently exploring a number of options to further 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

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UPDATE (8/13/20)

On August 18, the Santa Rosa City Council will consider a contract award to Graves Construction for the emergency expansion of the Samuel L. Jones Hall Homeless Shelter (SJH). For more information about this City Council agenda item, click here.

SJH, located at 4020 Finley Avenue, is owned by the City of Santa Rosa and has been operated by Catholic Charities since opening in 2005. SJH 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.

Timeline


July 2020 – Project bid process completed, following City Council approval of design build and procurement on July 21

August 18, 2020 – Council to consider 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 sheltered and 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.

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ORIGINAL MESSAGE (7/23/20)

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.

Next Steps 


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.

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

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