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According to a homeless count done in January 2017, an estimated 1,000 people, or 1 percent of the city’s entire population, are homeless. Since Mayor Arreguin's election in November 2016, the city has taken bold steps to address this crisis. 

Within weeks of taking office, the Mayor worked with several other council members to activate the regional Emergency Operations Center to address the winter shelter crisis. The city was able to immediately double the number of shelter beds and warming centers available, providing life-saving shelter to hundreds of homeless individuals. 

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In June 2018, the city opened the STAIR Center, a low-barrier, service-rich shelter where people can access mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, receive job assistance and more to help them successfully transition to living on their own. Learn more at

The Homeless Outreach and Treatment Team

In June 2017, the city launched the Homeless Outreach and Treatment Team to target the two-pronged problem of mental health and homelessness.

This program, staffed by trained outreach workers, will contact homeless people with serious mental health issues and help them access crucial services with the hope of transitioning to permanent housing.

Clients will be selected based on a number of factors such as living with mental illness, suffering from addiction, frequent use of emergency rooms and problematic street behavior. The team will work together with The Hub, the city’s coordinated point of entry for housing and homeless services.

The Berkeley Way Project

In June 2017, Council unanimously approved prioritizing the Berkeley Way project led by BRIDGE Housing and Berkeley Food and Housing Project in Downtown Berkeley.

When completed, the project will consist of 142 permanent affordable housing units, along with emergency shelter and transitional housing for homeless veterans. This is the largest investment into housing the homeless and the working poor the city has ever made.

To make this project a reality, the Mayor and other council members are working to leverage the city’s investment to obtain $17 million in state funds through the California Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities.

BHS Holiday Meal

Berkeley High School students prepare to serve homeless residents at the 2016 Berkeley High Holiday Meal.

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