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Berkeley finds fund to expand homeless services during wet weather

Berkeley’s homeless population will now have more places to take shelter from the inclement weather after city officials directed extra funds to extend and expand shelter and outreach services. The city has committed to opening a new overnight emergency shelter at the North Berkeley Senior Center and is working to expand the hours at two […]

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Berkeley council meeting ends abruptly during testimony

The Berkeley City Council meeting ended abruptly Tuesday night after officials could not agree to extend deliberations until midnight. The meeting at Longfellow Middle School shut down at 11:30 p.m. in the middle of a lengthy discussion about regulating short-term rentals. Many of the people standing in line to speak expressed incredulity that council could leave the […]

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Prayers, songs and lie-in during faith group protest against proposed Berkeley homeless laws

An estimated 60 members of faith groups gathered at the Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza Thursday night to protest proposed new laws that they claimed would “criminalize the homeless.” Prayers and speeches were followed by a small number of the protesters lying down to spend the night sleeping in the plaza. “Jesus probably would be criminalized by these law […]

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Faith groups to sleep on street to support city’s homeless

A group representing more than 40 Berkeley religious congregations will gather tonight to show its support for the city’s homeless population in the wake of proposed new laws that they say would criminalize the homeless, as well as an incident, caught on video, in which a downtown “ambassador”  assaulted a homeless man last month. Some participants plan to sleep overnight on BART […]