Emeryville Rec Center Transformed to Homeless Family Shelter

What used to be The Emeryville Recreation Center is now a home for homeless families.

Emeryville Mayor Christian Patz told KCBS Radio that the family shelter is opening in collaboration with the City of Oakland and East Oakland Community Projects.

“It used to be our rec center, our senior center temporarily and in the future is going to be senior housing, he said. “But we were able to identify it as a space where we’re able to have it remodeled to meet the needs, and I’m really excited to open this project.”

Emeryville Recreation Center now a homeless family shelter, June 9, 2020
Jim Taylor / KCBS Radio

Patz explained that the needs are tremendous now, especially in this time of shelter in place when entire families have no shelter.

“We have a housing crisis going on throughout the Bay Area: We have too many unhoused people and not enough resources for them,” he said. “So they will come here and not only get immediate shelter, but there will be wraparound programs to get them in sustainable programs.”

This space has a kitchen, a computer lab and enough space for 25 families. 

Emeryville Recreation Center now a homeless family shelter, June 9, 2020
Jim Taylor / KCBS Radio