ALBANY -- The City Council returns from summer break on Sept. 3, and while the agenda for the meeting was not available at press time, members are expected to hear a report on the city's efforts to reach out to the homeless population on the Albany Bulb.
The council is meeting on Tuesday due to the Labor Day holiday.
The report by city staff will update the council on efforts to connect homeless residents of the Bulb with services that it is hoped would place them in housing.
The outreach effort, being done by the Berkeley Food and Housing Project (BFHP) and the Solano Community Church, has been proceeding, albeit slowly. Homeless residents can be difficult to contact and those who are contacted may be more or less open to services, according to the BFHP.
The council voted earlier this year to begin enforcement on the Bulb of the city's anti-camping ordinance. However, the city at the same time entered into a contract with BFHP and Solano Community Church to attempt to transition people living on the Bulb into housing.
It is unknown exactly how many people live on the Bulb, but it is estimated that the number is 35-50.
The city has been working to turn the Bulb over to the East Bay Regional Park District as a park. In the past, the park district maintained that the city must address the homeless problem on the Bulb before it will take over the property. It is assumed that a further delay in enforcement of the anti-camping ordinance would further delay negotiations on the park project, which has been in the works for several years.