The fund has paid for rent from March through June for about 214 people. Most of the payments went directly to Berkeley landlords.
Berkeley is distributing $3 million and the Berkeley Relief Fund hopes to distribute another $3 million. The deadline for arts organizations is April 20. There is a rolling deadline for renters.
The Berkeley Relief Fund will pool $3 million in city funds and funds raised from private and corporate donations to provide emergency grants to local businesses, nonprofits and tenants.
COVID-19 news in Berkeley: four months amid a global pandemic.
A running news feed of the latest developments in the East Bay food scene during the pandemic.
He has had to deal with the “Battle for Berkeley,” homelessness, Trump’s saber-rattling against sanctuary cities and the pandemic.
Small businesses got an average grant of $2,744, arts organizations $16,818. Restaurants and food service businesses made up the largest category of grantees.
The city plans to launch a $3 million “relief fund” Sunday to help businesses, arts organizations and residential tenants.
University Press Books has struggled financially for years despite trying many different approaches to stay in business.
Some of Berkeley’s biggest developers, concerned about homelessness, have donated to the city fund. At least two of them did so while Berkeley was considering their projects.
Bayer HealthCare’s proposal would add more than 1 million square feet of work space to its West Berkeley campus, erect taller buildings and eventually hire 1,000 more employees.
Individuals and communities are raising money to give directly to those struggling because of COVID-19.