Upholding the ‘Shared Sidewalk’ policy dismisses basic needs of Berkeley’s homeless community

CITY ISSUES: Enforcing rules that limit individuals’ ability to rest should not be a solution to crowded sidewalks

Illustration of a police officer looking at time that reads 9:55pm in front of a tent.
Alexander Hong/Senior Staff

For many years now, the city of Berkeley has left its homeless community without the crucial resources it needs — shelter, affordable housing and social support. But now the city is going beyond neglecting the homeless community.
Read More…

Berkeley Emergency Storm Shelter to stay open until Aug. 31

In addition to maintaining the shelter for the rest of the summer, the council focused on other measures to reduce homelessness, including setting aside $11 million for the Berkeley Way project and passing an urgency ordinance authorizing the sale of bonds financing affordable housing.
Read More…