Homeless people in high-risk COVID19 categories are being offered hotel rooms, one of several measures being taken by the city to protect those without homes.
Double Helping Hands aims to provide delicious food for people living on the streets and to help restaurants struggling with a precipitous drop in business.
Places that once served hot meals — and offered seconds — will now hand out boxed meals. Daytime drop-in services are being cut back because of COVID-19. It will also be harder to take a shower and do laundry.
City workers also knocked on tents and talked to people to hand out 560 kits with hand sanitizer and information about COVID-19.
Starting this fall, some unhoused people in Berkeley could spend every day and night in one downtown Berkeley basement without missing a meal, a shower or a full night’s sleep.
As the City Council moves out of the property, homeless people will move in, for up to 45 nights this winter.
Fifty-two homeless people settled into their new bunk beds in the Veterans Building on Monday night.
Now that the Ninth Street shelter has closed, homeless people are alternating between two properties. Seniors at the North Berkeley Senior Center are adapting to the situation.
Berkeley’s extended emergency shelter will move to the North Berkeley Senior Center for two weeks, then the Frances Albrier Community Center for the next two.
The Ninth Street shelter is set to close at the end of August, but the city has money to open it up elsewhere.
The Ninth Street “winter shelter” will now stay open until the end of August.
The shelter on Ninth Street, which can accommodate 90 people a night, had been slated to close April 15.