ALBANY -- The city and nonprofit organization Berkeley Food and Housing Project are hosting a "services fair" on Thursday in the lower parking lot at Golden Gate Fields at the foot of Buchanan Street.
The fair, scheduled for 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the lower parking lot near the entrance to the Albany Waterfront Park, is part of the city's efforts to relocate people currently living on the Albany Bulb.
The City Council voted to enforce Albany's anti-camping ordinance beginning this month. An estimated 50 to 70 people are believed to live on the Bulb currently. The city has plans to turn the land over to the East Bay Regional Park District as part of the McLaughlin Eastshore State Park.
The fair, similar to outreach events hosted by larger cities such as San Francisco, will be an opportunity for residents in need of services including housing and health care to connect with providers. Included in the scheduled providers are BOSS, Berkeley Free Clinic, Women's Day Time Drop In Center, Veterans Affairs Services, Suitcase Clinic, Anka Behavioral Health, Summit Nurses and Rubicon Programs.