To be built at 2012 Berkeley Way (between Shattuck and Milvia)
– Mayor Jesse Arreguín
An innovative approach to easing and ending the crisis of homelessness in Berkeley
The Berkeley Way Project – to be built at 2012 Berkeley Way (between Shattuck and Milvia) – is a joint development between Berkeley Food & Housing Project (BFHP) and BRIDGE Housing. Our goal is to create a continuum of affordable and very low-income housing that is integrated into the fabric of a vibrant downtown community, rich in transit and services.
Given the well-documented, critical shortage of affordable housing in the Bay Area, this development is significant and the Berkeley Way Project is unprecedented in the way it combines a range of housing opportunities.
The development consists of two distinct entities in one architecturally unified building, designed by award-winning Bay Area architects Leddy Maytum Stacy.
BRIDGE Affordable Housing
The BRIDGE portion of the development will contain 89 units of affordable housing, that will be available to the general public on a lottery basis, at between 50% and 60% of Area Median Income (AMI). These will be studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom rental units, owned and managed by BRIDGE Housing.
The Hope Center: Many Ways Home
The BFHP portion of the development – provisionally called the Hope Center – encompasses approximately 44,000 square feet on six floors. It will provide:
- Temporary housing for 32 adult homeless men
- 53 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless and disabled men and women
- Transitional housing for 12 homeless male veterans (in partnership with the VA)
- Offices for support staff and partner agencies such as LifeLong Medical and Berkeley Mental Health
- A commercial kitchen and dining facility for our Community Meal as well as for the residents
In its entirety, Berkeley Way will provide the single largest infusion of low-income and affordable housing in the history of Berkeley. Meanwhile, the Hope Center represents the largest permanent supportive housing for the homeless currently in development in Berkeley.
For BFHP, the HOPE Center is not only about housing – it’s about creating a space that, like home, inspires a sense of safety, sanctuary, dignity, warmth and possibilities for human growth.
The HOPE Center is a place in which aspirations and hopes for a better future are represented physically by an abundance of natural light, warm colors, lush green spaces, and common areas that encourage connection, rest, and restoration. The Center is a place where those facing housing insecurity can begin a journey out of homelessness into a community that embodies warmth, welcome, respect, and dignity.
Who will the HOPE Center serve?
BFHP’s HOPE Center is designed to serve Berkeley’s very low-income, disabled and chronically homeless population through an innovative integration of housing and onsite support services. Planned in close collaboration with the City of Berkeley, it is a vital part of the overall plan to find housing and a permanent stable solution for the city’s estimated 1000 homeless.
The HOPE Center is located in a transit and service-rich downtown area, which allows the Center’s residents to easily access a range of additional low/no-cost local services. These include legal assistance, disability transportation assistance, senior recreational and social services, as well as food pantry services.
Funding and Timeline
BRIDGE Housing, a leading developer and builder of affordable housing in California and the Pacific Northwest, is taking the lead in securing the majority of funding from public sources.
- The City of Berkeley has committed more than $26M to the project, not including the value of the land on which we will build
- Other funding sources include Alameda County Affordable Housing Bond Measure A1, State programs such as No Place Like Home (NPLH) and Affordable Housing Sustainable Communities (AHSC), as well as tax credit equity and the proceeds from a private capital campaign, currently under way.
The estimated cost of the entire development is approximately $110M.
We are about to move into the pre-construction phase. We anticipate ground breaking in 2020 with construction complete by early 2022.
To know more and see how you can play a significant role in bringing this project to completion, contact BFHP’s Director of Advancement, Jim Huntley: firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-601-2612