Homelessness, Housing, and Street Behavior

I care deeply for the health and well-being of all Berkeley residents. I want public spaces in Berkeley – especially our parks and sidewalks – to be safe, hospitable environments for all residents, including but not limited to homeless individuals, seniors, parents, and children.

Early in my career, I worked at the Jobs for Homeless Consortium where I enrolled people experiencing homelessness into college and career training programs, and led vocational job skills classes and career training workshops. I have enormous compassion and concern for people experiencing homelessness, and the safety of my community is incredibly important to me.

If I see illegal street behavior, what should I do?

  • If you see any illegal behavior, please report that to Berkeley Police by calling 510-981-5900 in a timely manner. Please try to distinguish details about the incident - where it specifically took place, what time, what the person looked like, etc. BPD uses incident reports to identify areas in need of more frequent patrolling.
  • District 8’s Area Coordinator, the Police Officer tasked with coordinating other departments/services, is Officer Sean Tinney, and he can be reached at 510-981-5778.
  • The City’s Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team can be reached at 510-981-5244.
  • For non-urgent requests, please report concerns to 311 (landline) or 510-981-2489 by cell. 

Read about Housing and Homeless Services - FAQs

Read about Homeless Policies and Funding - FAQs

Read about New Ordinances to Address Anti-Social Street Behavior


  • Lori Droste
    published this page in Issues 2015-08-24 11:17:05 -0700