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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 […]

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Berkeley launches ‘emergency operations center’ to help shelter more homeless

The Berkeley City Council, December 2016. Photo: Emilie Raguso The city of Berkeley is taking an emergency approach to homelessness aimed at working fast to bring unhoused individuals inside, particularly as winter conditions worsen. The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday night in support of an “emergency operations center,” or EOC, which authorizes city staff to get […]

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Huge price tag projected for homeless storage bin plan

The new storage program is slated to be set up at the Veteran’s Building. Photo: Wikimedia Commons The new storage program is slated to be set up at the Veteran’s Building. Photo: Wikimedia Commons An innovative program to offer secure storage containers for the possessions of Berkeley’s homeless could cost nearly $350,000 a year in staffing, along with […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

Berkeley considers ways to build more affordable housing

City council members talk to Cynthia Kroll, ABAG’s chief economist, at a special meeting to consider affordable housing issues in Berkeley. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel Transferring development rights to allow for taller buildings. Increasing the amount of affordable housing required for large developments. Offering developers a discount if they pay into the Housing Trust Fund at the beginning […]