The city is closing its basketball courts and tot lots and working to set up eight new trailers where homeless people who are infected with COVID-19 can get medical help without putting other campers in danger.
City workers also knocked on tents and talked to people to hand out 560 kits with hand sanitizer and information about COVID-19.
The emergency shelter, which is open until April, offers free Wi-Fi, plenty of places to charge phones, indoor toilets, hot breakfasts and storage.
The campus conducted a massive earthquake drill Friday morning.
A tent-cabin village and a pet-friendly shelter are included in Mayor Jesse Arreguín and Councilwoman Sophie Hahn’s plan to address Berkeley’s growing homeless population.
The new shelter has storage space, bike racks and takes dogs. Berkeleyside spoke to some of its clients, as well as to others who won’t use shelters.
Heavy rains drenched Berkeley in March. Forecasters predict “mammoth” amounts of rain in Bay Area this weekend. Photo: Pete Rosos Heavy rains drenched Berkeley in March. Forecasters predict “mammoth” amounts of rain in Bay Area this weekend. Photo: Pete Rosos It was a chilly 38 degrees in Berkeley on Friday morning, but the cold snap is […]
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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