Getting them into permanent shelter could cost $43 million more each year.
A council majority voted late Tuesday, after more than three hours of public comment, to outlaw overnight RV parking after creating an RV permit system and trying to help "priority populations" find stable housing.
The council will hold a second reading of an RV overnight-parking ban Tuesday. Opponents and proponents of the ban are both expected to show up.
Berkeley is the only city around that does not enforce its 72-hour parking rule. That has attracted more than 200 RVs, which are negatively impacting the businesses and resident of West Berkely.
Berkeley provides sanctuary to immigrants fleeing poverty and violence. Yet it won't provide sanctuary to those inside its own borders who need help: the homeless living in RVs. This must change.
The Berkeley City Council voted Thursday to enforce a prohibition on parking from 2-5 a.m., while developing a permitting system exempting some RVs for two weeks each year.
The state of our public commons, from streets in West Berkeley to the University and Gilman underpasses, is unacceptable. We need to clean them up while being mindful of those who are struggling with no place to live.
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.
Crews used a backhoe loader to remove piles of garbage that had built up over many weeks, including belongings discarded by a homeless encampment on the site.
A march by activists who hope to stop development at People's Park turned violent Tuesday when a driver ran over a bicycle and a homeless man, according to police and community reports.
Berkeley isn't cleaning it up because it says the land belongs to Caltrans, and the trash is the state's responsibility. Caltrans says it regularly cleans up the area.
One project will serve seniors. The other will serve the homeless, veterans, and low-income residents.