ALBANY -- Three more residents of the Albany Bulb have been housed through the city's Waterfront Park Transition Plan, it was announced this week.
According to a Jan. 13 news release, seven people formerly part of the waterfront homeless encampment have now been housed through the plan. However, the news release also said that two of the previously-housed people were recently evicted "due to the inadequate control of their dog."
The transition plan is part of the city's efforts to move a large number of people off the Bulb so the city can turn the land over to the East Bay Regional Park District, which will make it part of the Sylvia McLaughlin Eastshore State Park.
The park district will not assume control of the site until the population has been cleared.
In May 2013, the City Council voted to begin enforcing the city's anti-camping ordinance beginning in October. Actual enforcement did not begin until December.
Albany police have been issuing warnings to campers on the Bulb and arresting those with outstanding warrants. Other arrests have been made for drug possession.
Exact numbers are elusive, but most estimates had 50 to 60 people living on the Bulb when the city began its program.
The city has also set up a temporary shelter at the waterfront, consisting of two mobile units with a capacity of 30. City Clerk Nicole Almaguer said one to three people have been using the temporary shelter on a nightly basis.
A lawsuit was filed last year seeking to prevent the city from enforcing the anti-camping ordinance. Although a temporary restraining order was denied, the suit is still active and no date has been set for a hearing.
One of the points raised in the lawsuit involved the Americans with Disabilities Act. Thirty-two residents of the Bulb filed "requests for accommodations" under the ADA, claiming that their disabilities prevented them from being able to use the temporary shelter. The city is considering the requests.