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City Settles With Residents Evicted From Albany Bulb

The residents will each be entitled to $3,000 in cash for leaving with their personal property by Friday.

People living on a former landfill known as the Albany Bulb will have to move out by Friday as part of a settlement with the city of Albany.
 
The Albany City Council voted in May 2013 to begin a process of incorporating the Bulb into the McLaughlin Eastshore State Park and to start enforcing the city's no-camping ordinance there in October.
 
In October, the council approved a $570,000 transition plan that included assistance and temporary transitional shelter for homeless people. A group of several law firms, including Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, the East Bay Community Law Center and the Homeless Action Center then sued the city on behalf of the landfill residents in November.
 
The civil rights lawsuit, lodged in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, asked for a temporary restraining order and/or an injunction barring Albany from removing homeless people from the site until the city found adequate shelter for them. The complaint asserted that the city's offer to set up temporary shelter in portable trailers parked next to the entrance road to the landfill was insufficient.
 
It also said many Bulb residents would not have been able to access the trailers due to physical disabilities, there would not have been enough beds for all evicted residents, and that the trailers would not have offered people the right to privacy they enjoyed in their homes on the landfill.
 
As part of the settlement, 28 of the residents will be entitled to $3,000 in cash in exchange for leaving with all their personal property by Friday. They also have to stay away from the Bulb for a period of 12 months.
 
Craig Labadie, Albany City Attorney, says the city is pleased to have arrived at a resolution of the case.

"We feel the settlement establishes a framework for the cooperative relocation of individuals at the Albany bulb," he said. Osha Neumann of the East Bay Community Law Center said the settlement aroused more mixed emotions in him. "I'm glad we got some of them a bit of compensation. That's more than they usually get when kicked out of town," he said. "But the fact that they're getting kicked out of town is the problem. And that struggle isn't over."

—By Bay City News
doris April 24, 2014 at 06:10 PM
https://news.yahoo.com/albany--ca-pays-homeless--3-000-each-to-leave-161425194.html?vp=1 and, of course, most of the country is laughing at us...what else is new?
Dave April 24, 2014 at 07:11 PM
Wonder if Amber will chime in on this post. Hopefully she is busy packing.
concerned educator April 25, 2014 at 05:43 PM
Does this mean that the residents have to leave by today? (Friday) do the "disabled residents" have help getting their possessions out? Where will they go? Is there an organization to help them move somewhere besides under then Gilman underpass? When do the other residents have to out by? What are the next steps?
thorn April 25, 2014 at 06:06 PM
good questions about where they might go, or where the disabled would get help- most of the disabled are mentally ill but capable of moving their own stuff- Amber claims multiple ailments but has always been capable of scrapping heavy loads of metal as are most of the residents, and many of them haev bicycle trailers as well, they should be able to help themselves for the most part. Also the city will store belongings for up to 120 days as originally promised >> read the settlement... << in theory anyone still there tmrw will be cited and evicted.. i guess we'll find out Saturday or Sunday
Autumn Johnson May 21, 2014 at 05:17 PM
Former Albany Bulb Homeless Settling into Gilman Underpass http://albany.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/former-albany-bulb-homeless-settling-into-gilman-underpass

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