City Services Adapting to Serve the Community – Recreation & Human Services
Despite City Hall being closed to the public for health and safety reasons during the pandemic, City departments are working hard to provide services to the community. City employees are considered essential workers and while most of the City’s staff is working remotely, departments are finding safe and creative ways to extend services to residents and businesses in San Leandro.
In response to COVID-19 and the Alameda County Public Health Order, the City of San Leandro Recreation and Human Services department has provided excellent recreation and human services that foster a sense of community through essential services.
The Recreation and Human Services Department is providing the following programs that bring people together, foster human development, promote health and wellness, and increase cultural unity during these challenging times:
San Leandro Food Access – Recreation and Human Services is temporarily staffing pantries so that the pantry volunteers may shelter in place. These services are absolutely essential during COVID-19. The City has partnered with the Alameda County Food Bank to have food delivered on a weekly basis to the warming shelter for the unsheltered population. In addition, Food for San Leandro Families, a City program, provides free groceries twice a month to nonprofits that serve seniors, families with young children and other vulnerable populations in San Leandro where families in need already access other services.
Virtual Senior Community Center – where seniors can easily access helpful resources, maintain a healthy lifestyle, develop community connections, and enjoy fun experiences from the safety of their homes.
Chabot Day Camp – traditional day camp based in the beautiful natural environment of Chabot Park. This summer day camp has been modified to adhere to the safety and health guidelines mandated by the State and County to serve the children of essential workers.
Hotel Assistance for the Unsheltered – Hotel rooms have been secured and high-risk unsheltered individuals are moved into the hotel rooms to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Although the State provides hotels for the unsheltered at this time, the San Leandro Homeless Compact provides hotel rooms while high-risk individuals wait for space at state facilities. The Compact manages the cases of the clients at the hotel.
April Showers – provides showers for the homeless, new clothing, hot lunch and bagged lunch to go, and referrals for health care, social services, housing, jobs and transportation. Creekside Community Church serves as a much appreciated temporary location while the Boys and Girls Club undergoes renovation.
Public Bathrooms and Sanitation Stations – While the Shelter In Place Order has closed down recreational amenities, the City has allowed some park bathrooms to remain open to provide access to the homeless population. The City has also located mobile hygiene units for the homeless.