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Oakland prepares to move homeless to new “Northgate Cabins” site

on May 4, 2018

In late April, in a formerly empty lot at the corner of Northgate Avenue and 27th Street in Oakland, the city installed 20 sheds that will house up to 40 people who are currently living on the street. This area, being referred to by the city as the “Northgate Cabins,” is supposed to serve as the first step toward transitional, and eventually permanent, housing for homeless folks who live in nearby encampments.

According to officials in the City Administrator’s Office, the city will begin moving in homeless residents in the surrounding encampment after the first week of May. A number of people in the encampment nearby have signed up for the opportunity to move in to a repurposed shed. While not all residents in the surrounding neighborhood are enthusiastic about the city’s plan, most homeless residents seem desperate for any new opportunity for safer housing.

Click the video above to hear more from the camp’s residents.


  1. Judith on May 5, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    We need to do whatevermeanspossi bbn pe yo help these people. The housing/rent market California is outrageous. Thank you for doing this.

  2. […] volunteer-run camps that have been opened, closed, and moved and city-run camps built using Tuff Sheds as temporary living structures. Oakland’s homelessness epidemic was brought to the global stage when a United Nations special […]

  3. […] where residents complained of overcrowding and deteriorating relations with the city. Meanwhile, city officials opened their own site, the “Northgate Cabins,” a camp made of “Tuff Sheds” storage units without plumbing or electricity. Housing […]

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