SB 2 Requirements: Emergency Shelters

Emergency shelters are temporary housing available to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Shelters provide the least intensive programs, generally providing meals, a cot and minimum case management services. They often operate from late afternoon to early morning. Individuals and families can typically stay in shelters for up to six months.

SB 2 requires all cities and counties in the State to:

  • Calculate the unmet need for shelter in the jurisdiction
  • Identify a zone or zones where shelters are allowed without discretionary review
  • Demonstrate that the by-right zone or zones have the capacity to address the unmet shelter need
  • Limit application of development standards for shelters to those that are applied to other development in the same zone, with the exception of objective, written standards allowed in 8 specific categories