Six months into the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen an increase in homeless campsites around town, Berkeley is stepping up efforts to tackle problematic behavior and firming up plans for its first sanctioned camp.
One year after a Berkeleyside special on homelessness: Where we are today
Despite progress, Berkeley still falls far short of providing housing for the nearly 1,000 homeless people in the city.
Berkeley Fire, CHP respond to large fire at Gilman homeless encampment
Berkeley Fire Department and California Highway Patrol responded to a fire Sunday morning at the Gilman Street homeless camp.
Civil-rights groups sue Caltrans over homeless raids
A Berkeley public works crew cleared out a homeless encampment near the Gilman Street off-ramp of I-80, in Berkeley, on Thursday, June 16, 2016. Photo: David Yee A coalition of civil-rights groups and one of the nation’s largest law firms have taken on the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), asking for a state-wide, permanent injunction […]
Berkeley police recover 18 pounds of pot, alleged hash oil operation on Gilman
Police recovered 18 pounds of marijuana at a Gilman Street homeless encampment Saturday. Photo: BPD Two Berkeley Police officers on foot patrol at a Gilman Street homeless encampment over the weekend reportedly found 18 pounds of marijuana inside a tent that smelled of weed. Berkeley Police Lt. Kevin Schofield, a department spokesman, said the officers […]
To curtail camping, Caltrans builds new fence on Gilman
Caltrans workers put up a fence to keep out homeless campers at the Gilman Street underpass below I-80 on Thursday. Photo: David Yee Caltrans workers put up a fence to keep out homeless campers at the Gilman Street underpass below I-80 on Thursday. Photo: David Yee In the latest attempt by authorities to keep people from camping in […]
Homeless advocates in Berkeley say officials are dumping too many prized personal possessions
History shows that what is a possession and what is junk is not always clear, depending on who you ask.
City erects fence at Gilman to deal with homeless campers
Workers clear out a homeless encampment near the Gilman interchange of Interstate 80 to put up a fence. Photo: David Yee The city of Berkeley is working Thursday to install a new fence on Gilman Street on the southeast side of the Interstate 80 freeway as part of ongoing efforts to curtail camping by homeless in […]
Gilman Street underpass: For many, the poster child of Berkeley homeless camps
Bood, 37, lives by the Gilman underpass. He makes $30 to $40 a day scavenging. He finds lots of food (people throw away a lot from Trader Joe’s) as well as things like scooters, skateboards, etc. When Caltrans and Berkeley recently cleaned out the camp, he just went across the street and returned when they […]
Authorities clear out Gilman homeless camp in Berkeley
A homeless couple sleeps as Berkeley city officials watch Berkeley and Caltrans work crews clear out a homeless encampment near the Gilman Street interchange of I-80 on Thursday. Photo: David Yee In a coordinated effort, workers from Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol and the city of Berkeley cleared out a large homeless encampment on Gilman Street near the […]
Homeless move to railroad tracks after Gilman ‘clean-up’
The eviction of the Albany Bulb and the clean-up of the Gilman underpass have prompted homeless to sleep along the West Berkeley train tracks. Homeless individuals — many relocating from Albany or other parts of West Berkeley — have set up camp along the train tracks south of Gilman Street in recent weeks. Although a few people […]
Rodents, trash prompt city of Berkeley clean-up of homeless camp on Gilman; residents ‘scattered’
Berkeley police have been visiting the homeless camp on Gilman Street — pictured here in early July — to provide outreach. Photo: Drew Jaffe Berkeley police have been visiting the homeless camp on Gilman Street — pictured here in early July — to provide outreach. Photo: Drew Jaffe Citing concerns about garbage and rodents, both dead and alive, the city of Berkeley sent in […]