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April 7, 2020

FEMA trailer park

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

As you may have guessed the City Council meeting is very COVID-19 heavy. But the one item that might be of interest to a lot of people is in the Council Referral section. From the Council Referral:

The City Manager has requested 4 FEMA trailers, at no cost, from the City of Oakland who doesn’t need their entire allocation from the State. These trailers would be used to meet the isolation needs of homeless individuals during the COVID-19 crisis. When the crisis is over, Alameda can determine how to use the trailers.

Also direct staff to develop an overnight safe parking site for homeless individuals and families living in cars, vans or small trucks. Extensive guidelines, based on Alameda County and Union City’s guidelines were recently developed for a potential safe parking site at the College of Alameda parking lot and can be used at a city-owned site. The site would include portable restroom and shower facilities, trash receptacles and possibly a mobile laundry facility.


It’s only accommodations for four family units (I think each trailer is standalone) but I guess four is better than nothing.  It’s not clear (and I haven’t watched the last meeting yet so maybe it’s addressed there) how many referrals Alameda is able to make to the hotels the the County has rented out for the next two months.

It’s a good start but again, sad that it’s taken a pandemic for us to realize that unsheltered individuals and families need consideration to their basic needs.


  1. Glad to see the homeless moving to shelter. But the recent LA Times story stated 67% suffer from mental illness and drug addiction and police know most of the homeless are armed with some sort of personal protection, including knives. They carry and are most susceptible to diseases, and not just the WuFlu. This includes hepatitis, HIV, scabies and typhus. It is fine to put people on the COA campus when it is empty, but citizens know that these “temporary” programs have a tendency to become permanent and always on the West End. Besides the 6,500 students and staff, there is a preschool, as well as a high school on the COA campus, and neither are fenced.

    It is not just housing that is the issue. Mental health, health care, and addiction require expensive intervention and ongoing treatment as well as legal proceedings to protect the rights of individuals as well as society. These services are not available right now. Police and fire services are already strained, but now must also be increased to service this new homeless hub. This raises the cost factor exponentially at a time when the City can anticipate a severe loss in tax revenues, as well as an ongoing financial recession impacting the budget.

    What I would like to see is a “common sense” City Council consider the true long term costs, as well as the exit plan, not just that FEMA pays 75% of the cost of the trailers.

    Comment by Nowyouknow — April 7, 2020 @ 8:58 am

  2. A great location would be Crab Cove, off McKay Street – none of the neighbors care. They don’t further the stigma of homelessness and have so much compassion for the addicted.

    Comment by Bart — April 7, 2020 @ 10:37 am

  3. both of your comments are just plain nasty and uncaring for others, but that’s what I have come to expect from you. you really “knownothing” about the human race.

    Comment by trumpisaracist — April 7, 2020 @ 6:42 pm

    • Sarcasm – how does it work? I point to the lack of compassion and the stigma for the homeless and addicted, sarcastically.

      So you are the racist.

      PS, just saw the two FEMA trailers being towed by the City Vehicles out here on Alameda Point.

      Comment by Bart — April 8, 2020 @ 10:03 am

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