Homeless families and youth looking to get out of the cold this winter may now be able to move into one of more than a dozen travel trailers that were dropped off Thursday at a vacant lot in East Oakland.
The site is the first of roughly 100 which the state plans to make available for temporary housing, homeless services, or even permanent affordable housing.
Gov. Gavin Newsom, who unveiled the trailers Thursday as part of a nearly week-long state tour to speak with homeless service and mental health providers, described California's growing homeless population as "the issue of our time."
The state saw double-digit increases in the number of people experiencing homelessness between 2018 and 2019 and is now home to more than a quarter of the nation's homeless population, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In Oakland, the homeless population grew 47% between 2017 and 2019, according to Alameda County's biennial homeless count.