‘Far from enough’: COVID-19 impacts local unhoused communities

Photo of unhoused settlement
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Berkeley's homeless population has faced several issues amid the COIVD-19 pandemic. In response, the city and local organizations have made attempts to support the population throughout the past year.

In addition to the increased difficulty of accessing shelter, unhoused individuals and families have been impacted by issues such as an incomplete census due to a delay in Berkeley’s point-in-time count, exclusion from certain programs and a scarcity of basic necessities and resources.
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Uninhabitable and invisible

Berkeley resident faces squalid living conditions as Section 8 renter receiving subsidized housing

Stretching across the wall in Monica Ferguson’s entryway is an eight-foot hole. The hole has been a problem in Ferguson’s house since she first moved there in 2002, and her landlord had repaired it several times. At the first signs of rain last fall, Ferguson said the paint peeled back, reopening the hole and revealing 10 years of wood rot. This time, her landlord didn’t repair it.
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City Council discusses housing at special work session

In a report to City Council at a special work session Tuesday, the Berkeley Housing Authority, or BHA, detailed the negative impact of the city’s high rent prices and federal funding cutbacks on the agency’s efforts to provide affordable housing.
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