Unhoused residents and friends gathered for an elaborate celebration this weekend, knowing the city plans to close the encampment in January.
New estimates say it would cost a staggering $4.5 billion to house all homeless residents, but some officials say the city could be more creative.
Community groups are pressing the city to clean up a blighted intersection, but their demands raise questions about the fate of homeless camps there.
Oakland officials say the tool is needed to protect workers from harassment, but some say it would criminalize unhoused people and supporters.
A surprise announcement from the governor puts a hold on a $1 billion statewide grant, including $24 million for Oakland shelters.
“We R Here” started as an experiment and ended as a revealing 55-minute portrait.
And at another tense meeting, the City Council voted to pursue new shelter sites for affected residents, but most are far-off prospects.
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.