San Jose Set to Evict Homeless

Homeless encampment costing the city a lot of money each day

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    A homeless camp in San Jose on Spring Street near the Guadalupe River Park that once had 70 people, now has 100. The city is trying to figure out a long-term solution to the homeless problem. Arturo Santiago reports. (Published Thursday, Feb 21, 2013)

    The eviction notices are on their way.

    The city of San Jose is ready to move in on a large homeless encampment that sits right below the approach of planes flying into Mineta San Jose International Airport.

    “I think there’s a number of concerns. Safety of the neighborhood, the environment and the people that are outside having to endure the really cold weather,” said Ray Bramson, the city’s Project Manager for Homeless Encampments.

    The city has been moving in on encampments since last year. Each day of cleanup costs San Jose between $5,000 and $10,000, depending on the size of the encampment.

    The homeless living off Spring Street are not happy. Scott Wilson, who is currently living at the encampment, said the economy sent him to the streets.

    “My ex and I were buying a home less than a mile from here, then loan payments and foreclosure," Wilson said. "The bankers aught to be made to sleep out here to see how we feel.”

    Next week, the city will give the homeless a 72-hour notice before crews move and begin tearing down their tent city.

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