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.
The university’s new long-range plan includes building 12,000 housing units for a projected larger population.
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The Save Our Stages act makes about $15 billion available to independent music venues, theaters and cultural organizations.
On Tuesday, Berkeley City Council approved a batch of measures to support restaurants and food makers impacted by the pandemic.
It’s unclear what will happen to the 1,200 people currently housed in the hotels once funding runs out.
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The Musical Offering, a nearly 40-year-old cafe/music store, says it needs the community’s support to get through the pandemic. It’s selling prix-fixe meals as a last-ditch effort.