A new 24-hour homeless shelter for women opened Thursday in the Meadowview area near the Pannell Community Center.
The shelter has a capacity of 50 that officials seek to expand to 100 in the future, and contains amenities including dining spaces, showers, and medical and mental health services.
The building will be made of a lightweight aluminum “Sprung” structure, created by the eponymous private company and designed to support industrial use.
The material was also set for use in the construction of a similar shelter to replace a cluster of homeless encampments located along a highway overpass near X Street and Alhambra Boulevard, though the project was halted due to sudden federal restrictions.
Recently, a different project to shelter the homeless in the Capital Park Hotel, one of many smaller disparate projects under California’s Project Homekey, has come under criticism for poor conditions and low shelter capacities with respect to project costs.
“The conditions in that hotel have been horrific. We’re talking one elevator, at times there’s been two toilets for 118 people,” said Sacramento Homeless Union President Crystal Sanchez of the project in interview with Fox40.
Additionally, costs could be untenable for many residents, with 76-year-old formerly homeless occupant David Nelson reporting a rent cost of $600 for his room to the Sacramento Bee.
Another recent homeless shelter project in Sacramento saw a roadblock when Hawthorne Hotel owners 500 Bercut LLC sued the City of Sacramento after City Council voted to request $12.5 million from the city to purchase a Hawthorne Hotel location for conversion into a homeless housing project.
500 Bercut LLC argue that a 1989 city resolution states that the River District area, which currently contains the largest homeless population in the city, would not offer additional homeless services.
Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness representative Bob Erlenbusch referred to the lawsuit as ‘sinful’ in interview with the Sacramento Bee.
“The River District quite frankly should be ashamed they’re opposing it,” he said. “Where do they want people to go when there is no place to go?”
According to a June count conducted by Sacramento Steps Forward, there are over 5,100 individuals experiencing homeless as recorded by the Sacramento Homeless Response system.