A Berkeley City Council majority voted yes Tuesday night to the idea of a sanctioned homeless camp pilot program, location to be determined, and have asked city staff to figure out the details and report back.
Officials have put forward a proposal for a homeless camp, for up to 120 tents, that could be located below the University Avenue overpass. Council is set to vote Tuesday and the city has asked for public input.
It’s not easy to determine if homelessness is a contributing factor to someone’s death, but living on the streets leads to a shorter lifespan for Americans.
Justin Jones, 22, has been navigating the streets and shelters of the East Bay since he was 18. But he is more than a statistic.
A fire at the camp across from the Seabreeze market sent someone to a medical center Thursday afternoon.
People who are homeless come from all walks of life. Many are working or trying to work and have served in the military. But some housed residents just assume the homeless are lazy or are parasites.
Video story: Unsheltered people living on Caltrans property near the Seabreeze Market by University Avenue and Interstate 80 are grappling with the trash that has accumulated. The city recently installed a dumpster in the area.
The man has not yet been identified, but no foul play is suspected.
Last week, officials voted to spend about $11 million in tax revenue on new and existing services to address homelessness, including an RV parking program and an outdoor homeless shelter for up to 50 people.
Berkeley Home Match placed just nine students this year but plans to place 100 students in the coming years.
Since only 5% of the homeless in Berkeley are families, the city manager is recommending the bulk of Measure P’s $3 million go to individuals. That is a mistake.
In the pricey Bay Area an employer is using guaranteed housing as a retention strategy.