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Council gives church a porta-pot permit

Written November 21st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Albany City Council discussions about the portable toilet outside a downtown church are probably over — for one year, at least.


Rocks in a hard place: No more camping

Written October 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Some 522 tons of rocks and boulders have put a stop — for now at least — to a longstanding problem: Squatters camping under the Pacific Boulevard viaduct in Albany where Jackson Street and Seventh Avenue meet.


Outhouse can stay, four councilors say

Written August 29th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The First Christian Church in downtown Albany will be able to keep its outhouse for the homeless, but not without applying for a city permit.


Hub City Village: To house Albany ‘unhoused’

Written July 31st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

How about this: A community of small cottages, each with room for one or two people, clustered on maybe an acre or so, with rents low enough that some of Albany’s residents with very small incomes could live there without fear of being thrown out on the street?


Albany’s approach to the homeless: ‘Solutions’

Written July 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Since April, Albany has been taking a new approach when police are called to respond to a problem with someone living on the street. You might call it the “shoe leather” system that gets people a path to being helped immediately and on the spot — “curbside” if you will. Casey Dorland, the administrative lieutenant […]


Vagrancy laws stall at city council

Written March 14th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

A proposed crackdown on crime and other problems associated with vagrancy in Albany turned into a public debate before the Albany City Council Wednesday about what to do — and not to do — about the homeless.


New attack on crimes and messes

Written March 13th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

  Albany officials are poised to get tough — or tougher — on abandoned vehicles and houses, and on behavior that drags down the quality of life especially in the central part of town. You might call it a combined campaign against crime and the messes people leave behind.


Why the ‘blessing box’ is gone

Written March 12th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

It began as a private project to help people in need. But it became a nuisance and even a threat to the woman who started it. So now her “blessing box” is gone.


New shelter space taking shape

Written May 16th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Construction is still very much in progress, but George Matland is confident that the new Signs of Victory mission in Albany will be finished in time for homeless people to find shelter there by the end of June.


Death off the Dave Clark Path

Written August 4th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The last thing users of Albany’s Dave Clark riverside path should expect is death and decay. But then again, maybe we should not be all that surprised when someone finds exactly that.


 
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