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Nonprofit brings new affordable housing village to Pittsburg

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Yellow Roof Foundation brings affordable housing to Pittsburg

Six families have been selected as new residents at the Gonsalves Village housing development in Pittsburg, East Bay Times reports.

The new single-family home community was unveiled earlier this month in north Pittsburg. All six of the families selected are headed by single moms who work full-time.

The new community is named after Steve Gonsalves, who was a major contributor to the privately funded nonprofit Yellow Roof Foundation.

The foundation was launched four years ago by the owners of DeNova Homes of Concord, Dave and Lori Sanson, with the goal of assisting “hardworking families who are experiencing hard times due to circumstances beyond their control,” they said.

Statistics indicate that lower-income families in the Bay Area spend roughly 50% of their income on rent, making it difficult to pay for other essentials. The Yellow Roof Foundation ensures that any family living within the community will spend no more than 30% of their income on housing.

The new one and two-bedroom units measure between 450 to 800 square feet, costing roughly $660 to $850 a month.

Blaze sparked under bridge at Lake Merritt causes massive smoke plumes

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A blaze under a bridge on the south end of Lake Merritt broke out Thursday evening sending smoke plumes hundreds of feet into the air, according to authorities, East Bay Times reports.

Twenty-two firefighters aboard four fire engines and a truck responded to the fire shortly after 7 p.m. and were able to contain the blaze within 45 minutes under the bridge near the 1200 block of Lakeshore Drive, according to Oakland Fire spokesperson Michael Hunt.

No injuries were reported at the scene and the cause of the fire was not immediately available.

Berkeley Unified reports major spike in new COVID-19 cases

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The Berkeley Unified School district has reported a major uptick in COVID-19 cases over the last two weeks, KRON4 reports.

The district reported 91 new cases last week – up from 29 cases reported two weeks earlier.

Berkeley Unified said the increase of new cases might be linked to sports teams and the lifting of masking rules.

While the district plans on distributing additional COVID home tests to students and families, it also reminds parents to keep children who are experiencing COVID symptoms at home.

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