In May 2018, Mayor Libby Schaaf and the City of Oakland opened the second Tuff Shed shelter site at 27th and Northgate next to one of the city's largest homeless encampments.
Funded entirely by donations and built by volunteers, the cabin community is an only-in-Oakland collaboration. Oakland's unique response to the homeless encampment crisis moves residents off sidewalks and into safety and services. Once on site, the residents work with navigators to receive personal care and seek a path to transitional or permanent housing.
The long-term solution to homelessness is more affordable housing and adequate care. The city currently has a historic number of housing units under construction (6,656), with more than 3,500 expected to open by the end of 2018.
The Tuff Shed sites are a temporary, quick, and community-based response to a humanitarian crisis.