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Should the City Council direct the City Manager to implement Emergency Interim Measures to provide stability, navigation and respite to homeless individuals, as well as pathways to permanent housing and services, and create a 1,000 Person Plan to address the homeless crisis in Berkeley?


Should the Council approve this agenda item?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 52.0% 26
No 36.0% 18
See comments 12.0% 6

Is there anything you would like the Council to consider regarding this item?

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April 2, 2017, 7:04 AM
  • Should the Council approve this agenda item?
    • No
  • Is there anything you would like the Council to consider regarding this item?

    This proposal, while it sounds worthwhile and proactive, in reality ignores our city's financial realities and ignores the logistics of actually implementing the plan. Berkeley already spends a great deal of money on homelessness. If what the City is doing currently isn't working, then the Council should then direct the City Manager to go back to the drawing board, use the money already allocated to homelessness, and come up another plan. This proposal throws more money at the problem, which ignores the fact that Berkeley has many many other funding needs that are being ignored. I am sympathetic to the needs of the homeless, but there are many other residents of Berkeley with needs that are being ignored by the Council when it prioritizes spending on homelessness.
    In addition, the proposed plan is unworkable. Where in the world is the City Manager going to find a location for the Bridge Living Community? A tent community would require a large piece of property. There will understandably be significant community pushback against locating a semi-permanent tent city in a neighborhood, especially if that tent city displaces other City residents from using that property. Presumably the City Manager would not be permitted to locate a tent city in a public park under the Public Parks and Open Space Preservation Ordinance, but given the lack of other large spaces in the City, it is worrisome that the proposal does not eliminate that possibility. Our City's parks, despite being inadequately maintained, are vital recreational spaces. It is especially important to preserve those spaces for economically disadvantaged residents for recreation, as our parks may be the only place for them to enjoy being outdoors.

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