Coronavirus: San Jose receives 109 state trailers to house homeless individuals

To help protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19, San Jose is
setting up 109 state-owned trailers to house homeless people
infected by the highly contagious disease, city officials announced
Tuesday.

The trailers, which are located in the east parking lot at Happy
Hollow Park and Zoo in south San Jose, will be used to isolate
homeless people with confirmed or presumed cases of COVID-19,
according to the city.

The city is still developing a plan for how it will be managed
and which nonprofit organizations will provide services to the
housed patients, according to the city’s communications director,
Rosario Neaves.

The trailers were delivered late last week but are not expected
to be used until the end of March, because city staff members are
currently inspecting and refurbishing them and connecting them with
utilities.

As of Tuesday, San Jose had identified 800 temporary shelter
beds, including the 109 trailers, to house the city’s homeless
population during the pandemic, according to Lee Wilcox, chief of
staff for the city manager.

In addition to the trailers, the city is moving at-risk
individuals into more than two dozen vacant units in the city’s
first tiny home community for formerly homeless individuals, which
was completed earlier this year.

The city has also prepared two large facilities on the city’s
convention center campus in downtown San Jose — South Hall and
Parkside Hall — as temporary shelter locations. And, overnight
warming locations at the city’s Bascom and Roosevelt Community
Centers are now open all hours of the day, every day of the
week.

But with more than 6,000 homeless people living in the city,
officials recognize that they have a long way to go to protect
residents living on the city’s street and shelters who are
particularly vulnerable to high morbidity rates of the new
coronavirus.

“Our goal is to stand up thousands of temporary shelter beds
as quickly as possible because that is the number that public
health experts in the county believe may be needed to contain the
spread of COVID among our unsheltered community,” Lee Wilcox,
chief of staff for the San Jose city manager, said during a council
meeting on Tuesday.

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Coronavirus: San Jose receives 109 state trailers to house homeless individuals