A seven-bedroom house on Haste Street will offer a bridge between encampment or street living and permanent housing.
It’s been a big week for subsidized housing in Berkeley. And it just got bigger.
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 […]
Spats is at 1974 Shattuck Ave. in downtown Berkeley For the second year running, Berkeleyside is hosting holiday drinks at Spats in downtown Berkeley — Thursday, Dec. 15, 6-9 p.m. — to bring our community together and raise money for the Alameda County Community Food Bank. (We’re also collecting new socks for BOSS — see below for details.) Berkeleyside […]
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 […]
Policy makers, government agencies, funders, and nonprofits alike all cling to the concept and importance of data like it is a panacea for societal ills—it is not. Data is only as good as our ability and willingness to act on it. Case in point: homelessness. Where Does Mass Homelessness Come From? Mass homelessness was not […]
While the number one priority for serving homeless people is (or should be) helping them find affordable housing to live in, for the last several years the city has also rightly deemed it an important quality-of-life priority that homeless people have access to showers, bathrooms, and laundry facilities. Until now. BOSS’s Multi-Agency Service Center (MASC) […]
Call takers at The Hub field inquiries about shelter beds, housing and other issues as part of a process to determine who is most in need. Photo: Emilie Raguso It used to be that those who were homeless in Berkeley had to navigate a complex tangle of services to try to find help. In January, the city launched what it hopes […]
Dr. Kevin D. Barnes Sr. (author of Successfully Raising Young Black Men) and 2016 Rising Star Jared Winn-Taryor. Photo: Sara May Anooshfar More than 100 people filled the ballroom at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza in downtown Berkeley on June 2 to show their support for 20 young Bay Area people, who, in spite of high odds, have managed to succeed in different […]
On Tuesday the Berkeley City Council was presented with a report from the Homeless Task Force, with recommendations for action to address homelessness in the city. Leaving aside the likelihood or unlikelihood of any of the recommendations passing, for a Task Force whose self-stated goal is “ending homelessness in our city”, the report is notable for […]
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates was quoted on Channel 7 News as saying, “It’s not an effort to criminalize people, it’s an effort to try to make things more civil.” Yet the new homeless ordinance that passed 6-3 early Wednesday – nearly one week before Thanksgiving Day – does in fact criminalize the homeless and poor […]
The “after” picture of the living room of McKinley House furnished with Ikea furniture. The “after” picture of the living room of McKinley House furnished with Ikea furniture. The families living in the McKinley Family Transitional House in Berkeley now have a lovely space from which to plot their move out from homelessness. IKEA, the Scandinavian furniture store […]