The city of Berkeley is moving ahead with a plan to grant three-month renewable permits to 25 RV dwellers so they can stay overnight at certain municipal parking lots once the program is up and running.
Up to 25 select, vulnerable RV households would get access to the “safe parking” sites if Tuesday’s City Council proposal passes.
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.
Negotiations are continuing so city officials aren’t ready to state where the first site will be. It will not be at the Berkeley Marina, however.
Fewer of those on the streets are sleeping in doorways, according to a new report.
The Berkeley City Council is set to resume meetings Tuesday after a summer recess.
The numbers behind the people living on Berkeley’s streets.
The city is moving ahead with plans for a “safe parking” site for RVs — including by asking the state if it could be located at the waterfront.
The City Council is set to vote on terms for a two-week RV parking permit and to pursue a three-month “safe parking” site. Officials had previously proposed the marina for the location, but have recently reversed course.
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.
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.