Redwood City on Monday plans to discuss issues of homelessness and housing at this year's virtual State of the City address.
The city said it plans to focus on steps it's taken to “end homelessness and ensure homes for all.”
Homelessness, along with several other topics, was named as one of the top priorities the city said it wanted to focus on this year during the city council’s offsite biannual meeting last month.
Homelessness in Redwood City garnered statewide attention when Gov. Gavin Newsom arrived in a well-known homeless encampment shortly after a fire broke out on Feb. 13. Newsom pledged to send a $1.8 million grant to house 70 unhoused residents of burned encampment before clearing it out with help of Caltrans workers.
Mayor Giselle Hale who was also in attendance during Newsom’s visit said the city would collaborate with all “levels of government in urgently providing services and finding long term solutions.” No one was injured in the Feb. 13 encampment fire, but the city issued a statement calling on Caltrans to take “immediate action to prevent future incidents.”
Last month, the city allocated $1.3 million to help San Mateo County in redeveloping the Comfort Inn & Suites, a 51-room complex at 1818 El Camino Real in downtown Redwood City. The city's money would come from the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, or HOME, a special fund from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, to help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Funding can be used to provide affordable housing, rental assistance or other kinds of support.
Last year, the city hosted its first-ever virtual State of the City address due to COVID-19 concerns.
The State of the City address is on Monday, March 14 at 6 p.m.
Previous State of the City addresses can be viewed on the city’s website here.
Click here to access Zoom details for the State of the City.
Staff Reporter Leah Worthington contributed to this article.