VIDEO: Oakland Mayor believes ‘Tuff Sheds’ will help city’s homeless population

OAKLAND (KRON) — The City of Oakland is working to help provide housing to the homeless by opening up “Tuff Sheds” in the city.

About 20 sheds will provide temporary housing to 40 people at a site located at Sixth and Castro streets, just beneath the Interstate 880 and 980 split.

Mayor Libby Schaaf says the West Oakland site was picked because of its proximately to the actual encampment, which has a population of about 40 people.

“It allows them to stay together as a community,” Mayor Schaaf told KRON4. “These are adults, they do not have to come but this is set up in a way that we believe will be attractive.”

The pet-friendly site, which was paved and prepared for free by Oakland Builders Alliance, will have 24-hour security as well as other resources, like job and housing navigators.

“We are going to have people that will help folks sign up for the benefits they are entitled to,” Mayor Schaaf said.

The site will also have medical professionals to provide help to those seeking shelter in the sheds, including mental health doctors.

There is no electricity, insulation or heat inside of the sheds that can house two people each, but there are battery-powered lanterns, smoke alarms, and fire extinguishers.

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