Taube Grant Supports City of Oakland's Program for Unsheltered Residents Vulnerable to COVID-19

Mayor Libby Schaff and Governor Gavin Newsom

Mayor Libby Schaff and Governor Gavin Newsom

Oakland, CA – Mayor Libby Schaaf, Vice Mayor Larry Reid, and City Councilmember Loren Taylor joined with community and philanthropic leaders on May 5 to announce the opening of Operation HomeBase, a new COVID-19 isolation trailer program located on Hegenberger Road in East Oakland.

The new trailers were donated by the State of California to the City of Oakland. Of the 91 original trailers, Operation HomeBase will use 67 trailers as a public health-driven intervention; the other 24 trailers were provided to the cities of Alameda, Berkeley, and Hayward, which requested them for their unsheltered residents. The primary goal of Operation HomeBase is to provide a safe place for high-risk people to self-isolate and maintain their safety and health. The target population is Oaklanders who are who are medically vulnerable and/or 65+ years-old, and at risk of serious complications from COVID19.

“Our unsheltered residents are among the most vulnerable in our community. Many have underlying health conditions exacerbated by living outside on our streets. This intervention is a quick and compassionate step to slow the spread of COVID-19 and upgrade the living conditions of our unsheltered neighbors,” said Mayor Libby Schaaf. “I am grateful to Gov. Newsom and the State of California for the trailers, and I am thrilled to announce a grant award of $500,000 dollars by Taube Philanthropies to support this important initiative. We are deeply grateful to Tad and Dianne Taube for their generosity.”