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City officials concerned about Signs of Victory

Written February 19th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Concerned about conditions at the Signs of Victory homeless shelter, Albany officials are working on a plan to deal with the situation, the city council learned Wednesday.


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.


 
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