It’s been a long road for Berkeley’s Youth Spirit Artworks project, which could house 22 homeless youth starting in the fall.
Justin Jones, 22, has been navigating the streets and shelters of the East Bay since he was 18. But he is more than a statistic.
Nicknamed the “Mayor of Berkeley streets,” Diehl was active in Berkeley politics for decades and provided mental health and counseling services to the poor, the homeless, and the mentally ill.
More than 120 people volunteered time on Saturday to help build the tiny homes.
Youth Spirit Artworks will look for a new site for its tiny houses for homeless youth, after the Ohmega owner decided to sell the lot instead of renting it to the organization.
A “tiny house village” for homeless youth could be built at the current Ohmega Salvage site in West Berkeley.
At 70, Townes founded the Berkeley Ecumenical Chaplaincy to the Homeless to bring Berkeley’s churches together to provide meals, shelter, and other services to homeless people.
Youth Spirit Artworks is attempting to build two small tiny house youth villages, with a total of 25 residences that will be built by the youth themselves.
After a set-back, a blighted corner in West Berkeley has come to life with a vibrant mural depicting animals and nature.