Twenty-five percent of West Berkeley encampment residents are in hotels, 17% were housed and 25% are still on the streets.
But construction won’t start until the 50 or so people living at People’s Park have been housed or offered services, chancellor says.
Homeless residents say the sweep was destabilizing in a time when many of them were looking for housing.
The fire did not threaten any structures and firefighters knocked it out in 30 minutes.
The Grayson shelter has space for about 50 people, and organizers hope it will be a warm, transitional space, rather than a permanent home.
The driver left the area in what police described as a “lowered, dark-color, mid 90’s sedan, with tinted windows (possibly a Nissan Altima).”
Police believe the deaths at Civic Center Park resulted from a “bad batch” of drugs laced with fentanyl.
Most of the money is for a new Specialized Care Unit that would respond instead of armed police to people in crisis.
The semi-permanent kitchen says it has provided over 5,000 meals since March
Police had been looking for Marty Schwind for a week, BPD said, after he had reportedly thrown a Molotov cocktail at a passing train.
Police do not believe foul play was involved.
Dorothy Day House will operate the emergency city homeless shelter from July 1 until September 2022.