MAYOR TOM BATES
Community Health & Well-Being
||The City of Berkeley is constantly working to identify and develop creative, practical solutions to close the gaps in health services faced by the residents of Berkeley.
Berkeley Reduces Chronic Homelessness by Half
July 8, 2009: According to the US Interagency Council on Homelessness
Berkeley has the largest reduction in chronic homeless reported in the entire state of California. From 2003, the last time the count was done, to January 2009, Berkeley's chronically homeless population was nearly cut in half. Chronically homeless are single people who have a mental or physical disability and/or an addiction to drugs or alcohol and have a long history of homelessness. Only San Francisco comes close - and that was 38% two years ago.
While we have much work to do - especially in the area of what the Everyone Home calls "hidden homeless", we are on the right track! Thanks to the staff, commissions, community agencies, and those formerly homeless people who have worked so hard to stabilize their lives.
||The Tom Bates Regional Sports Complex held its grand opening on September 6th. The two huge, state of the art sports fields will now play hosts to Bay Area residents and young soccer players. The project is a unique joint operation that involved both planning and funding from the cities of Berkeley, Richmond, El Cerrito, Albany and Emeryville, giving people from those communities access to the fields as well.
National Night Out Set for August 5th, 2008
National Night Out is Tuesday, August 5, and has become a real celebration of community. It's okay if you don't have an official neighborhood organization-- anyone can host a street party. The Citizen Services Bureau at the Police Department can give you information on how to organize your block party, how to register, how to request police or fire department vehicles, and if any other groups near you are participating. Visit their webpage for more information.
Get Ready Berkeley!
Get Ready Berkeley is a door-to-door community outreach effort to provide local residents with emergency preparedness information.