On Wednesday, Berkeleyside will devote the entire day to stories about the homeless. We are joining 70 media organizations around the Bay Area to do a “deep dive” into the complex issue.
The group of newspapers, TV and radio stations, websites and community newspapers is calling the endeavor the San Francisco Homeless Project (since it was spearheaded by the San Francisco Chronicle). Through a series of articles, newscasts, photos, videos and opinion pieces, the project will explore the roots of homelessness, who the homeless are, how they survive, and what can be done to end homelessness.
Many of the stories will be published on a Chronicle page and one that Medium has set up.
Berkeleyside has a number of articles planned, including an overview of the issue, statistics about the homeless, a timeline of homelessness in Berkeley, a photo essay, and feature stories about homeless people and the agencies that serve them. We will also include responses to a questionnaire we posted.
Like other media outlets, Berkeleyside is aiming to run only stories on homelessness Wednesday. (Significant breaking news may, however, get in the way of that goal.) It is our way to highlight an important issue, one that seems to be getting worse.
We hope our readers will appreciate a broad look at a perplexing problem, and that the homeless in Berkeley will appreciate this attempt to begin to bring some of their stories to light.
Know that this project represents just one point in time, and that our team will continue to look at this issue going forward.