According to the 2015 Point-In-Time homeless count, approximately 850 Berkeleyans are homeless. Recent estimates have judged the number to be closer to one thousand people. In other words, close to one percent of our city’s population is unhoused. This situation is unacceptable, and Jesse is championing a tiered system of services for the homeless in order to put a stop to it.
Within the first two weeks of Jesse’s administration, he worked with staff and council to double our shelter capacity through the activation of a regional Emergency Operations Center. Now, our office is laying a foundation of short-term shelter and safety measures for vulnerable homeless individuals while simultaneously developing bridge housing measures to aid people in successful transitions to housing autonomy.
Our office is continuing work with homeless advocates, public health and public policy professionals, and community stakeholders to develop short and long term solutions to end homelessness. With help from this ad-hoc committee, experience from a long history of advocacy as Councilmember for District 4, and passion to serve all citizens of Berkeley, Jesse will continue to implement strategies to ensure that everyone in our city receives housing.