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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 inOpinion

Op-ed: Berkeley latest homelessness recommendations are a lackluster response to a true emergency

On Tuesday the Berkeley City Council was presented with a report from the Homeless Task Force, with recommendations for action to address homelessness in the city. Leaving aside the likelihood or unlikelihood of any of the recommendations passing, for a Task Force whose self-stated goal is “ending homelessness in our city”, the report is notable for […]

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Ohlone Park neighbors brainstorm about homeless influx

Neighbors of Ohlone Park met Saturday to brainstorm ideas for improvements. Photo: Emilie Raguso Neighbors of Ohlone Park met Saturday to brainstorm ideas for improvements. Photo: Emilie Raguso More than 100 people crowded into the North Berkeley Senior Center on Saturday to strategize about how to address problematic behavior in Ohlone Park linked largely to the area’s […]

Posted inCity

Berkeley council open to proposals to end homelessness, but questions how to pay for them

Since Measure S failed in 2012, many say Berkeley’s homeless population has only grown. Photo: Emilie Raguso Since Measure S failed in 2012, many say Berkeley’s homeless population has only grown. Photo: Emilie Raguso By Francesca Paris At a special worksession Tuesday night, the Berkeley City Council expressed interest in a raft of recommendations from an independent citizen […]

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City considers new recommendations on homelessness

Shattuck Avenue is one area in Berkeley where the homeless commonly congregate. Others include Telegraph Avenue and other commercial areas. Photo: Emilie Raguso By Francesca Paris On Tuesday night, the Berkeley City Council is set to consider new recommendations that would focus the city’s approach to homelessness on supportive services and, in particular, housing. Council will consider […]

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New talks on homelessness in Berkeley start Thursday

Thursday’s meeting will provide a starting point for discussion on homelessness, proponents say, with an introduction to the causes and state of homelessness from a national, regional and local perspective. Photo: Derrick Coetzee Thursday evening, the Berkeley Task Force on Homelessness will begin a new community-driven process designed to explore homelessness in Berkeley, and how it might be […]