The BESS ran from November to April this year, and remained open 24 hours a day with reduced capacity.
Berkeley Food & Housing Project
Berkeley launches new 3-site ‘respite program’ for unhoused people
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.
Berkeley starts moving fragile homeless individuals to hotel in Oakland
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.
Homeless people to see big changes in how they sleep, get food, get showers
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.
New drop-in center, new Hub operator among changes to city homeless services
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.
Berkeley approves two affordable housing projects in record time under new state law, SB35
One project will serve seniors. The other will serve the homeless, veterans, and low-income residents.
With council ‘all in’ on Berkeley Way homeless housing, Trust Fund ‘at zero’
Berkeley officials voted unanimously Tuesday night to prioritize a plan to build what was described as the city’s largest ever supportive housing development for the homeless.
New street team aims to reach chronically homeless, mentally ill
For the first time ever, the city has created a team of outreach workers focused on getting chronically homeless, mentally ill individuals off the streets and into housing.
‘System change’ as Berkeley works to focus homeless money on housing
Over the last two years, the city of Berkeley has been moving from an emergency services approach to homelessness to one that’s focused on getting people into long-term housing.
Op-ed: A year in, The Hub’s new model for providing homeless services is working
A year ago on Jan. 5, 2016, Berkeley Food & Housing Project, in partnership with the City of Berkeley and in response to a sweeping change in national homeless policy, launched a new model to provide services to the men and women and children of our community who are experiencing homelessness. This new model centralized access […]
City expands warming centers, shelter beds and outreach to bring homeless indoors during storm season
A homeless man rests in the shade on the steps of the Veterans Building in Berkeley, which is set to serve as a warming center for the city during winter weather conditions. Photo: Emilie Raguso The city of Berkeley has doubled its capacity for emergency storm shelter beds this week, following a council directive to get more homeless […]
Protesters criticize Berkeley homeless services center
A group of protesters is criticizing the way the city of Berkeley is handling assistance for people experiencing homelessness. Photo: Emilie Raguso Occupants of a protest camp outside the city of Berkeley’s homeless services intake center in South Berkeley this week criticized the way the city is allocating aid to people on the streets. Campers have […]