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3 More Albany Bulb Residents Obtain Housing, City Says

The City of Albany announced today that three more Albany Bulb residents have been provided housing under the city's "Transition Plan" to remove the longstanding encampments on the Bulb.

The lower flat in this Oakland duplex was secured by the City of Albany to house three former Albany Bulb residents. Photo: Francesco Papalia
The lower flat in this Oakland duplex was secured by the City of Albany to house three former Albany Bulb residents. Photo: Francesco Papalia
Three more people who've been living on the Albany Bulb have moved into housing, the City of Albany said in a news release today, Monday.

The announcement said that a total of seven Albany Bulb residents have now been placed in housing under the city's "Albany Waterfront Transition Plan," but that two of them "were recently evicted from their housing due to the inadequate control of their dog."

City Clerk Nicole Almaguer told Patch that the three newly housed individuals are the same three housed in a West Oakland flat that Albany resident Francesco Papalia recently wrote about on Patch. He is coordinating efforts to help provide needed items and furnishings for them and for others who move off the Bulb.

The city took out the master lease on the flat and is providing a rent subsidy for the first six months, along with support services provided by the Berkeley Food and Housing Project, Almaguer said.

The city's "Transition Plan" is a contested effort to evict the several dozen people who've been living on the Bulb in illegal makeshift encampments. The longterm goal of the city and conservationists who've long battled shoreline development is to make the untamed property part of McLaughlin Eastshore State Park

Under the transition plan, the city has been offering assistance in securing services and alternative housing. It also opened a temporary, 30-bed homeless shelter next to the Bulb in November, though it has gone largely unused.

The city's news release credited the efforts of the Berkeley Food and Housing Project, working under contract with the city, in "providing case management and support throughout the transition process including identifying people ready to transition from the Albany Bulb, establishing relationships with landlords to secure available housing, and utilizing funding provided by the City’s Housing Subsidy Program and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) for a rental subsidy. The rental subsidy for the first six months will assist with the transition into housing."

The non-profit groups also "offers ongoing assistance to the people who have recently transitioned into housing from the Albany Bulb, providing frequent home visits that focus on goals for housing retention such as referrals to employment services, transportation to appointments, education on basic household skills, lease requirements, and budgeting; so that the people housed move toward the need for less intensive services and less or no subsidy in the future," the city said. 

In other recent Bulb news, the Bulb library – a collection of about 300-400 books in a shelter built and maintained by Bulb dwellers – was destroyed by fire of unknown origin early Sunday morning.

Bulb background

For more information on the city's plan for the Albany Bulb and protests by opponents of the eviction, see our list of recent Patch articles and reader posts about the issue:

Published Jan. 13, 2014, 9:47 p.m.; updated Jan. 14, 10 a.m.

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Gary Matalucci January 14, 2014 at 09:25 AM
The Planet Earth welcomes those who want to make something of themselves and contribute to our civilization. You are setting a good example.
Kirsten Schwartz January 14, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Yay! Best wishes for the transplants.
Salamander Drake January 14, 2014 at 10:27 AM
Ten bucks says Jimbow the Hoboe stayed.
Robert Marshall January 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Was the building in west Oakland secured by the city of Oakland, or the city of Albany?
Charles Burress (Editor) January 14, 2014 at 12:54 PM
To Robert Marshall: Thanks for raising that question. The City of Albany secured the flat, taking out the master lease and providing a rent subsidy for the first six months. I changed the article to make clear which city was involved.
katherine cody January 14, 2014 at 01:39 PM
I thought the rent subsidies we're provided by federal grant. Thankyou for making me aware I had been misinformed. Though I am still trying to get my head around a $ 65000 contract is nonprofit. I just dont get it.
Amber Whitson January 14, 2014 at 03:53 PM
The City is lying. 2 Bulb residents and a man from Florida were housed here.
Citizens for East Shore Parks January 14, 2014 at 04:04 PM
so what does this mean: "but that two of them "were recently evicted from their housing due to the inadequate control of their dog."?
Amber Whitson January 14, 2014 at 04:37 PM
That means that BFHP housed 3 Bulb residents together, in December. 2 of them are a couple. The couple has a dog. The living situation that BFHP pressured them into would have required their dog to wear a muzzle at home, at ALL times. The couple was having health issues, arising virtually immediately after moving into their apartment (which is downwind from the Richmond Chevron Refinery. So, when their dog got into some trouble, they realized that the housing situation was doomed, and they moved back home to the Bulb BEFORE they could get evicted. Only now: With only 1 income with which to cover the rent, the single woman whom the couple was housed with, is "doomed to fail", as well. This is what happens when people get hasty... Things go wrong. And to think of all the people our here who desperately want to live indoors, but who cannot get BFHP to return their calls....
Amber Whitson January 14, 2014 at 04:38 PM
But, at least we are housing people from other states...
montymarket January 14, 2014 at 05:40 PM
Let's get Ms Whitson's legal team cranking on new litigation: 1. "Downwind from the Richmond Refinery." West Oakland is farther away than the Bulb. Nevertheless, Mr Neuman's theory of cruel and unusual punishment seems vitiated. No matter that there are tens of thousands of other people already in the same situation, depending of course on which way the wind is blowing. 2. "Dog forced to wear a muzzle at ALL times." Outrageous. Add the dog to the federal lawsuit. The fact that the dog actually "got into some trouble" should not be a factor. 3. "Can't get BFHP to return their calls." What, they don't have cell phone coverage on the Bulb? AT&T too busy on San Pablo Ave to the detriment of the Bulb. 4. "Housing people from other states." Restrictions against providing services to out-of-towners? Right to travel. 5. "Library up in flames." No sprinklers, apparently. Who is enforcing the building codes down there?
thorn January 14, 2014 at 06:39 PM
>>But, at least we are housing people from other states... << as opposed to housing people form Santa Monica?

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