Meghan Herbst

No Easy Answers: Richmond confronts a growing homelessness problem

At least 109 individuals living in Richmond city limits have no home to return. This is according to the annual Point in Time count, a county-wide assessment conducted on one night of the year that tallies the number of people sleeping outside. But the Richmond Police Department reports encountering up to 800 separate individuals sleeping outside on any given night. The situation is desperate. Research indicates that homeless individuals live shorter lives, endure higher rates of mental illness, drug addiction,...

Point Molate advisory committee vanishes, ignites controversy at City Hall

No one knows what to do with Point Molate, a 290-acre bayside property acquired by Richmond in 1995. The point, called a “jewel” by some, is on land previously owned by the US Navy and footsteps away from the Chevron refinery. The Point Molate Citizens Advisory Committee was supposed to help the city and Richmond residents manage the area and figure out how to develop it in the future, but earlier this year it was disbanded suddenly by the mayor.

Richmond’s housing struggle has a ‘fierce’ new advocate: Nikki Beasley

Nikki Beasley is executive director of Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services, a nonprofit developed in the 1980s to address housing inequities, particularly those created by practices such as redlining and discriminatory lending. She’s served in her current position for little more than a year, but in that time she’s made it clear she’ll be showing up and speaking her mind when it counts.

Mercy Housing gets green light to redevelop blighted Hacienda development in Richmond

The six-story Hacienda development, which once held 150 units of of public housing, fell into disrepair, and residents were relocated in 2015. Richmond City Council has now authorized Mercy Housing, a nonprofit, to redevelop the property, but their plans are contingent on funding for the project, which would cost an estimated $25 to 30 million.