Developed over the course of more than five years of extensive planning, public engagement, and rigorous environmental review, UC Berkeley's plans for the People's Park incorporate four fundamental objectives: urgently needed student housing; support, services and new housing for the unhoused; revitalized open space; and a commemoration of the park's history.
This project preserves two-thirds of the site as open green space for the community with commemoration of the park's history, and one-third will become new housing for more than 1,100 undergraduate students and permanent supportive housing for more than 100 extremely low-income persons. We invite you to learn more about a vibrant new future for People’s Park.
The project also reflects the university's long-standing efforts to support those in need and its commitment to providing better solutions for unhoused people than sleeping outdoors in unsafe and unsanitary conditions. The campus committed to proceed with construction only after having a plan in place that offers access to shelter and services to all the people currently sleeping in the park. On March 9, 2022, the campus, the City of Berkeley, and community partners announced a unified plan that honors all these commitments -- and more:
- Interim housing for people currently living in People’s Park with services that support a transition to permanent housing.
- Construction and funding for a new community-led daytime drop-in center.
- Permanent 24-hour public restroom in the Telegraph neighborhood.
- Full-time social worker who will continue servicing the needs and interests of unhoused people near campus.
- Permanent homes for 100+ unhoused and extremely low-income people.
We are grateful to the City of Berkeley and community organizations for their ongoing support and partnership in these life-changing efforts.