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[Press] ‘A mini-urban miracle,’ new Berkeley homeless housing could be model for the state

This article from July 10, 2020 written by Emilie Raguso in Berkeleyside, discusses the University Ave housing project that BOSS will run and details about the costs, building and more.


On Thursday night, the city’s Zoning Adjustments Board unanimously approved a new project from Panoramic Interests for a 39-unit complex made from modular construction to house people who were formerly homeless. Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS), a 49-year-old Berkeley nonprofit, will run the operation...Donald Frazier, executive director of BOSS, said the supportive housing project at 1367 University Ave., near Acton Street, would be staffed round-the-clock by seven BOSS employees. Residents would get help with employment, housing navigation and benefits eligibility, as well as training related to cognitive skills, nutrition and restorative justice, among other opportunities designed to “help people stabilize and connect to the community in a positive way.”

BOSS intends to seek funding for the project through Berkeley’s Measure P subsidies and has already let city staff and officials know about its plans, Frazier said.

The current plan is for BOSS to sign a master lease with Panoramic Interests for 30 years, or a 10-year lease with two 10-year options to extend, Panoramic’s Michael Thomas said Thursday night.

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