Councilmember Carroll Fife called the need for space to house Wood Street residents “an emergency.” City staff say there are legal and environmental issues with her request.
Despite spending $69 million over three years, the city failed to sufficiently track contractors’ work, an audit found.
The court lifted a temporary restraining order, allowing a phased shutdown of Oakland’s largest camp.
The city has settled a lawsuit filed in 2018 by members of The Village homeless community after a sweep.
Plus: The city is paying $1.5 million to settle former police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick’s lawsuit.
A federal judge maintained a temporary restraining order pausing closure plans, but said residents will need to leave eventually.
The Caltrans announcement has residents scrambling to find alternative living arrangements. Others have vowed to stay and resist the closure.
We asked Daniel Cooper about his first impressions of Oakland and his public-health approach to a tough job.
Residents of the Wood Street homeless camp evacuated Monday morning after a large fire engulfed vehicles and a small bridge.
Also: social housing on the ballot, homeless shelters, and more from the City Council meeting.
Three of the city’s primary homelessness policy staffers have left this spring.
Policymakers have tried to respond to the massive increase in vehicle dwellings.
But emergency COVID-19 measures prevented a “catastrophic increase,” new data shows.
At a City Council hearing, young people told harrowing and triumphant personal stories and asked for more resources.
The main causes of death were overdoses and medical conditions, many “preventable.”
The Wood Street encampment fire destroyed six vehicles and displaced five people.
Dewey Academy, the OUSD school next to Lakeview Village, sent a letter to the city demanding changes.
Nobody was injured but five people were displaced, said the Oakland Fire Department.
Daniel Cooper will be the third person to lead the city’s overall response to the homelessness crisis.
The transitional housing program has been unusually successful, but the city is struggling to find funding to keep it open.