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Nonprofit accuses city of Berkeley of ‘unethical contracting practices’ for new homeless center

The city of Berkeley says it will change its commission recommendation process after a community agency brought allegations of serious conflicts of interest during a recent bid for municipal funding. Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) raised these concerns in an April 16 letter to city officials after bidding to run a new one-stop homelessness services center for […]

Posted inCity, Community, Housing & Development

Streamlined housing crisis center slated for Berkeley

A new one-stop homelessness services shop is in the works in Berkeley. Announced Tuesday night, the city is changing the way it funds programs offered in town, to prioritize the people with the highest needs, in line with a federal mandate to streamline services into a coordinated system. The city is looking to create a central […]

Posted inCommunity

BOSS prepares for director’s exit, plans golf fundraiser

The multi-pronged approach to combating homelessness at Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) is based on the belief that society knows what works, but rarely implements it. “Good healthcare works, good education works, getting people help the first time they struggle works,” said boona cheema [sic], the Bay Area organization’s longtime executive director. “Being kind and compassionate […]

Posted inCommunity

Opponents of Berkeley sitting ban gear up for fight

Opponents of Berkeley’s sitting ban launched a counter attack against the proposed ballot initiative Monday, but their plans for a sit-in fizzled. After rejecting the idea of holding a protest outside Mayor Tom Bates’ house,  homeless and youth activists had planned to hold a sit-in at the City Council’s Agenda Committee meeting Monday afternoon. But […]