The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to negotiate a lease at a vacant lot near Fifth and Bryant streets to open a new Navigation Center. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF to open Navigation Centers on Caltrans property

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted for The City to negotiate a lease with Caltrans to open two Navigation Centers on state property.

A site at 5th and Bryant streets is expected to accommodate about 80 homeless people, and another at Division Circle at 224-242 South Van Ness Ave., near the Interstate Highway 80 onramp, could house about 125 homeless people. Both could open by July.

SEE RELATED: Three new Navigation Centers could provide SF homeless with more than 300 beds

Thanks to Assembly Bill 857, which was passed last year by Assemblymember Phil Ting, the state will lease the sites to the city for $1 month. The cost to construct Navigation Centers on the two sites will total $7.9 million.

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