The project also includes 89 units of affordable housing, at 50%-60% of the area median income, that will be available to the general public on a lottery basis. It is slated to open in 2022.
The city of Berkeley is set to move dozens of unhoused people into 18 RVs and a rehabbed house as part of a new respite program approved by officials Tuesday night in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
With UC Berkeley closed and Telegraph Avenue mostly shuttered, the 35-40 people who call the park home depend on donated meals from East Bay Food Not Bombs and other charitable groups.
La Quinta was set to open Friday as a respite for homeless individuals in Alameda County, including many who live in Berkeley, but now the deal is dead. Each side holds the other responsible for the breakdown.
The building would be part of a complex that could house as many as 1,200 students and 125 community members who need supportive housing. Cal is seeking public comment through April 27.
City and county officials are setting up a new isolation site at the 113-bed LaQuinta Inn on University Avenue for homeless individuals who appear to be healthy, Berkeley’s city manager reported Wednesday evening.
The person who had been living at the Pathways/STAIR Center has been moved to a hotel in Oakland to recover from the virus. Most of the other residents have moved to a nearby hotel.
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.
The city is closing its basketball courts and tot lots and working to set up eight new trailers where homeless people who are infected with COVID-19 can get medical help without putting other campers in danger.
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.