Activists, many of whom have passed away, set up the sober camp in 2017 as a protest movement.
Twenty-five percent of West Berkeley encampment residents are in hotels, 17% were housed and 25% are still on the streets.
Homeless residents say the sweep was destabilizing in a time when many of them were looking for housing.
Many homeless shelters have limited capacity during the pandemic, and most evening drop-in services are unavailable. This is one bridge option, says the city.
The loss of so many leading Berkeley activists who worked to give unsheltered people a greater say in their living conditions is sorely felt, but the fight will go on, say advocates.
City workers also knocked on tents and talked to people to hand out 560 kits with hand sanitizer and information about COVID-19.
Zint’s “Poor Tour” around Berkeley thrust the plight of homeless people in city officials’ faces.
After a week-long federal trial, the jury said the city did not unfairly target First They Came for the Homeless because of its protests.
A four-day federal trial pits the city of Berkeley against a homeless group that argues its First Amendment rights were violated.
Judge William Alsup dismissed other claims that Berkeley violated homeless people’s rights when the city took their belongings.
A federal judge has ruled that Berkeley police officers used “minimal” force that was “reasonable” when they arrested several people who protested or resisted arrest during a homeless camp removal in 2016.
The First They Came for the Homeless campers who set up Saturday say the closure of an emergency shelter prompted the decision to pitch tents.