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City of Berkeley removed more than 75 tons of trash and human waste from homeless camps in 9 months

Taxpayers in Berkeley, California, across the bay from San Francisco, paid the bill for 75 tons of garbage, including human waste and drug paraphernalia, to be removed from homeless camps.

The waste was collected by Berkeley’s Homeless Response Team between September 2021 and March 2022, according to city reports 2023 and 2024 future budget.

Homelessness increased in the city of 2021 during the Covid-19 lockdown. The budget also stated that homeless shelters “continued to operate at reduced capacity due to COVID and a legal landscape that has limited the city’s ability to intervene.”

An estimated 535 homeless people live on the streets of Berkeley. Based on the city’s budget, that would work out to 500 pounds of waste per person.

The waste was collected by Berkeley's Homeless Response Team between September 2021 and March 2022

The waste was collected by Berkeley’s Homeless Response Team between September 2021 and March 2022

Homelessness on the rise in Berekeley in 2021 during the Covid-19 lockdown

Homelessness on the rise in Berekeley in 2021 during the Covid-19 lockdown

An estimated 535 homeless people live on the streets of Berkeley

An estimated 535 homeless people live on the streets of Berkeley

According to the Public Policy Institute of California, 74% of those surveyed in some regions of the state say homelessness is a major problem

According to the Public Policy Institute of California, 74% of those surveyed in some regions of the state say homelessness is a major problem

Berkeley’s Homeless Response Team began operations in September 2021 after more than a year of neglect in the city’s homeless camps.

In that time, the group has closed more than a dozen homeless camps that they deemed unsafe.

In the budget, the group’s actions saw them: “Resolving conditions such as raw sewage and human waste, loose and scattered syringes and drug paraphernalia, rodents and other vector hazards, rotting food and obstruction of sidewalks and vehicular lanes.”

Only one arrest was made in those closures.

According to the documents, the city provided shelter for more than 200 homeless people, of which more than 160 refused.

Last year, another famous homeless camp in the Golden State, Los Angeles’ Echo Park, underwent a cleanup that collected 723 pounds of biological waste, including 180 pounds of human feces. More than 200 homeless people were relocated after that cleanup.

Berkeley's Homeless Response Team began operations in September 2021 after more than a year of neglect in the city's homeless camps

Berkeley’s Homeless Response Team began operations in September 2021 after more than a year of neglect in the city’s homeless camps

Since September 2021, the group has closed more than a dozen homeless camps they deemed unsafe

Since September 2021, the group has closed more than a dozen homeless camps they deemed unsafe

One of the areas historically used by homeless people in the city is Berkeley's iconic People's Park, which was the site of numerous anti-war protests during the 1960s.

One of the areas historically used by homeless people in the city is Berkeley’s iconic People’s Park, which was the site of numerous anti-war protests during the 1960s.

People's Park in Berkeley, California, on Tuesday, September 28, 2021

People’s Park in Berkeley, California, on Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Amid the drama of his impending recall election, which he won, California Governor Gavin Newsom appeared to be inviting the homeless community in his state, saying, “I’m proud of people from around the world who Rethinking California for opportunity, and that, again, shouldn’t just be for certain people. All people should pursue that California dream, regardless of their income level and their fate in life.”

California local resident and gubernatorial candidate Michael Shellenberger told the Washington Free Beacon said the amount of trash collected reflected the harsh realities of life on the streets.

He said: “The data showing that Berkeley’s homeless population produces 500 pounds of waste per person is further evidence that it is unsafe and unsanitary to let the homeless sleep outside,” he said.

Shellenberger continued, “The evidence comes just a few weeks after it was shown that homeless people in Los Angeles are three times more likely to die than homeless people in New York, because most homeless people in LA are not protected.”

He added: “The Newsom mayors and the Democrats seem to want to use the homeless population to destroy California’s once beautiful cities because they are in the grip of an anti-civilization ideology.”

One of the areas formerly used by the homeless in the city is Berkeley’s iconic People’s Park, which was the site of numerous anti-war protests during the 1960s.

UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ said the school supported a project to rehouse homeless people living in People's Park in a converted motel

UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ said the school supported a project to rehouse homeless people living in People’s Park in a converted motel

It is thought that somewhere between 40 and 70 people live in the park at one time

It is thought that somewhere between 40 and 70 people live in the park at one time

The City of Berkeley will open a new affordable apartment and shelter building with 142 units, called Berkeley War Apartments and Hope Center, in September 2022.

The City of Berkeley will open a new affordable apartment and shelter building with 142 units, called Berkeley War Apartments and Hope Center, in September 2022.

The University of California at Berkeley, which owns the land on which the park is located, has announced plans to move homeless people out of the park by March 2022 to build student housing on the land.

UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ said the school supported a project to relocate homeless people living in the park to a converted motel.

Christ said, “It starts with partnership…and it also starts with the university accepting that this is our responsibility to address the tragedy of homelessness in our midst.”

It is thought that anywhere from 40 to 70 people live in the park at a time.

In June 2022, KTVU reported that protests were planned to prevent UC Berkeley from taking the homeless out of the park.

That same month, police were called to People’s Park after a man set fire to a couple’s tent and began hitting them with a golf club. Berkeley side.

That same website reported that at least one homeless person per month died in the city between August and December 2021.

The City of Berkeley will open a new affordable 142 unit apartment and shelter building called Berkeley War Apartments and Hope Center in September 2022.

According to the Public Policy Institute of California, in some regions of the state, 74% of those surveyed say homelessness is a major problem.

While a federal government report said there was an 8% decline in homelessness nationwide by 2021, California was one of 14 states to see an increase.

Between 2019 and 2022, Alameda County, where Berkeley is located, saw a 22% increase in homelessness, according to EveryOne Home. Only the city of Oakland has a higher proportion of homeless people in the county.

Oakland’s population is more than three times that of Berkeley.

According to an May 2022 report, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin said the city spends “per capita on homelessness more than any other jurisdiction in the area.”

Between April 2020 and July 2021, the Greater Bay Area, which includes San Francisco, Oakland and Berkely, lost more than 115,000 residents as people fled the area.

In a study conducted by the San Francisco examiner, nearly 70% of those who left the area reported feeling less safe because of ‘homeless people and the mentally ill on the streets’.

The same survey found that 88% of San Francisco residents felt homelessness had gotten worse.

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