Vallejo breaks ground on navigation center for homeless

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City of Vallejo to Break Ground on Navigation Center

The City of Vallejo plans to break ground on a navigation center for the county's homeless population. The center will provide 125 shelter beds and wrap-around services for individuals and will be a "one-stop shop" for those experiencing homelessness.

Guests will have access to case management, medical, and mental health services, a dining hall, a community garden, and job training. Pet accommodations will also be provided.

The navigation center is intended to be a short-term stop for Solano County's homeless, with a stay of up to six months and the possibility of extension. It will be built in two modular buildings and is expected to open in December.

Background

The idea for the project was first proposed in 2017 but faced several delays, including funding issues and complications with finding a suitable location. The city recently announced that it had secured the funds necessary for its construction.

However, a previous city employee, Judy Shepard-Hall, was fired over a alleged mismanagement of the project. Shepard-Hall has since sued the city, alleging that former City Manager Greg Nyhoff set her up to take the fall for the project's delays.

Funding

The center's construction funding was secured from state grants, city funds, and leftover pandemic-era state money allocated by Solano County supervisors.

About $6 million of operational costs are expected to be covered by Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente, and NorthBay Healthcare.

In a statement, Darryl Curry, senior vice president of Kaiser Permanente's Napa Solano division, thanked the city of Vallejo for "perseverance in opening the Navigation Center at such a critical time for our community."


"Kaiser Permanente's $3 million contribution to the Vallejo Navigation Center emphasizes our commitment to helping the most vulnerable members of our community secure stable and affordable housing," Curry said in a press release.