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Calif. city paying homeless $3,000 to leave

Published On: Apr 25 2014 09:32:05 AM CDT
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A California city is paying 28 homeless people $3,000 each to leave a former landfill area.

The city of Albany has plans to turn the area known as the Bulb into a 31-acre park, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Under a settlement with city officials, the homeless people must leave the area by Friday and must promise to stay away for at least a year.

Some of the transients have lived in the area for 15 years or more, according to the East Bay Express.

The settlement, negotiated by an advocacy group on behalf of the homeless, brings a long-standing legal dispute to an end.

But not without some bitterness.

"Overall, there's a sense of loss," Osha Neumann, an attorney with the East Bay Community Law Center, told the Chronicle. "I think it's great they're getting some money, but it's lousy that Albany spent all this money on this issue when they could have been helping these people."

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