By allowing people to set up elaborate tent cities or live in their cars, Berkeley has enabled a certain kind of permanence to settle in, which demands a redefinition of homeless.
Tension was high Tuesday night as the Berkeley City Council debated interim uses for the Premier Cru site and plans to build homeless housing on the Berkeley Way parking lot.
Putting underground parking below Berkeley planned housing for the homeless is not only costly and short-sighted, but it will reduce the number of units that can be built.
A judge said "First They Came for the Homeless" has made plausible claims that Berkeley seized campers' belongings and suppressed their political expression.
Representatives from the city and business association said there is not much they can do to address the private site.
A small fire at the homeless camp outside Old City Hall in downtown Berkeley caused no injuries but damaged private and public property Thursday morning.
The emergency shelter, which is open until April, offers free Wi-Fi, plenty of places to charge phones, indoor toilets, hot breakfasts and storage.
“We never asked anybody for anything. But we got a lot of help. I hadn’t counted on that," James Anderson said after his ordeal.
It would cost the city nearly $1.2 million to provide 268 shelter beds for people experiencing homelessness this winter, according to papers filed Tuesday in federal court.
Youth Spirit Artworks is attempting to build two small tiny house youth villages, with a total of 25 residences that will be built by the youth themselves.
A Street Spirit vendor was struck in the face Saturday after he intervened to stop a hate incident between a lesbian family and a man described by police as a "nomad" on College.
A small fire struck a homeless encampment near Second Street in West Berkeley early Sunday morning, authorities and community members report.
Sanctioned encampments are a practical, legal and low-cost strategy to increase shelter for Berkeley’s homeless residents.