San Francisco Announces Next Steps in Opening Candlestick Vehicle Triage Center
A temporary lot will serve individuals currently living in vehicles, some of whom have been impacted by recent storm and rain, until Vehicle Triage Center opens in January 2022
San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed and the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) today announced a new temporary vehicle staging lot to serve as an interim site until the new Vehicle Triage Center (VTC) at Candlestick Point opens in January 2022. Following the recent storm and heavy rain in San Francisco, a number of residents residing in vehicles at the Hunters Point Expressway, as well as a number of abandoned vehicles, were impacted. The new site, which is located at 1236 Carroll Avenue and owned by Prologis, will temporarily stage these individuals and their vehicles until the VTC is opened, at which point they will have the opportunity to move to the Candlestick VTC.
The Healthy Streets Operations Center (HSOC) is coordinating the services being offered to impacted residents. Outreach and street medicine teams are making daily safety and wellness checks to impacted residents, and Mother Browns is providing them will daily meals. Environmental health professionals are also monitoring the conditions on site.
“The Vehicle Triage Center at Candlestick Point will provide a level of services and safety that is needed for the people living in their vehicles in the area, but the recent damage caused by the storm requires us to act in the meantime while that site is being prepared. Our focus is providing a safe place for the people affected by the storms until we are able to move them to a more stable situation at the Vehicle Triage Center,” said Mayor Breed. “I want to thank Prologis for their willingness to temporarily provide this site as we work to support those who have been impacted and the surrounding community.”
The site, which is provided by Prologis, will stage individuals and their vehicles, as well as other damaged and abandoned vehicles, for roughly two months until the VTC is opened. The City will be responsible for the operations at the site, which is currently envisioned as the future home of a new training facility for the San Francisco Fire Department.
“As you know we have been working hard to meet the needs of community and folks forced to live in vehicles. We are set to open a Vehicle Triage Center (VTC) with infrastructure and supports to improve the lives of everyone soon. The recent storms have created a dangerous and unsafe situation for everyone and has caused us to find quick temporary relief for neighbors and folks living in vehicles. This temporary site will address the needs of everyone while we prepare to open the VTC,” said Board of Supervisors President Shamann Walton, who represents District 10 and the affected area.
“As a member of the San Francisco community, we are pleased to be able to support City leaders as they work to address the needs of people who are homeless,” said Steven Hussain, Prologis’ Vice President of Workforce Programs and Community Relations.
Once opened, the Candlestick VTC will include up to 150 parking spaces for up to 177 people, 24/7 staffing and security, bathrooms, mobile shower facilities, and potable water. It will provide people living in their vehicles in the immediate area with a safe place to park and live and access to services designed to help stabilize their lives through health care, housing, employment, or other interventions that meet their unique needs.
Headquartered in San Francisco since 1983, Prologis, Inc. is the global leader in logistics real estate. Prologis leases modern logistics facilities to a diverse base of customers principally across two major categories: business-to-business and retail/online fulfillment.