SMC Navigation Center Officially Opens In Redwood City
REDWOOD CITY, CA — Local leaders gathered Tuesday to cut the ribbon for the San Mateo Navigation Center, the nation's first multi-story pre-fabricated modular shelter, offering 240 temporary living spaces on 2.5 acres, sitting just east of Highway 101 in Redwood City. The first residents will be able to move in soon.
Officials described Tuesday’s opening as a key step in their broader goal of ending homelessness in San Mateo County. A count last year found 1,808 people experiencing homelessness on a single night, including more than 1,000 living unsheltered.
“This Navigation Center will provide a home-like setting for clients as they move toward permanent housing solutions,”
said Dave Pine, president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.
“What we have heard over and over again is that being homeless strips people of their dignity. This Navigation Center will help restore that dignity.”
The center includes 168 units sized at 200 square feet with in-unit bathrooms, along with 72 smaller units with access to communal bathrooms. The center offers several other common areas, including a commercial kitchen, medical and dental clinics, laundry and storage facilities, a barbecue area, a dog run, and a basketball court.Case managers will work with clients to receive the services they need, from trauma counseling and substance use treatment to on-site health care and other resources.
The project’s total price tag was $57 million, but the majority of construction costs were covered by a state Homekey grant. Philanthropist John Sobrato donated $5 million, and a federal grant added another $500,000. LifeMoves, a Menlo Park nonprofit, signed a contract to operate the center for five years, paid for by state and county coffers. Annual operating costs are estimated at $5 million.
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