BERKELEY (KCBS) – The University of California, Berkeley has hired a social worker to help the homeless in People’s Park.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Girl Dead, Woman Wounded in Friday-Evening Shooting in San Francisco
KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports in Monday morning’s Matier and Ross Column the social worker will have a two-year assignment at $92,000 a year.
People’s Park, just off of Telegraph Avenue, has been a battleground between the university, the homeless and the city since it was acquired by UC back in the 1960s.READ MORE: Belmont Police Search for Missing Woman and Her 3-Year-Old Son
New Chancellor Carol Christ has been under mounting pressure to do more about the university’s student housing shortage and has signaled a willingness to build housing at People’s Park.
Christ has indicated any development could include supportive services for homeless.
The job of the social workers will be to assess what those services might be.MORE NEWS: Grass Fire That Burned 15 Acres on Altamont Pass Slows Traffic for Hours
UC officials said at least nine violent crimes were reported in the park in the past year.