***This offsite event is at the Northbrae Community Church at 941 The Alameda***
Homelessness is on the rise in Berkeley. Beyond the immediate impact upon those persons living without shelter, it is increasingly on the minds of Berkeley residents and business-owners, and is central to voters this November. The Berkeley Public Library, BOCA (Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action) and Northbrae Community Church are in collaboration to host a community forum on homelessness featuring the 2016 Berkeley Mayoral candidates.
How can Berkeley best address the issues of the escalating costs of affordable housing, and the necessary support for persons who are homeless? What policies or ordinances would candidates seek to repeal or propose? How do they feel about sit/lie ordinances? What role should business, development, and public agencies play in striving toward a community that meets every people's basic needs? Is housing a human right?
Moderator Peter Leyden (former managing editor at Wired, founding director of the New Politics Institute, and founder/CEO of Reinventors) will engage the 2016 Berkeley Mayoral candidates in a roundtable conversation looking at the tools available to address Berkeley’s growing homelessness crisis. All are welcome to attend this free event, which will be followed by a casual reception, where food will be served.