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San Jose Homeless Camp ‘Hope Village’ Gets 6-Month Lease on City’s Lot

The privately funded tent encampment moved and is now located in a parking lot next to the SEIU Local 1877 building

The city of San Jose and Santa Clara County reached an agreement Tuesday night that would allow the Hope Village homeless encampment to keep a site for up to six months.

The city-owned property is adjacent to the original Hope Village, which was erected just south of Mineta San Jose International Airport. The rent would be just $1, and the lease agreement would be temporary for up to six months.

"We are very grateful for their dedication in supporting our efforts to create a safe, dignified and secure place for people to live," Hope Village organizers wrote on Facebook.

The privately funded Hope Village emerged Sept. 8 at 1010 Ruff Drive and was served an eviction notice just two days later. On Monday, the camp moved down the street to a parking lot for a building that houses the local SEIU office.

County Supervisor Dave Cortese released a statement Tuesday, saying in part: "The urgency and importance of the houselessness crisis in Santa Clara County demands that all government institutions respond quickly and collaboratively, and I am encouraged by the City’s immediate willingness to work with the County on Hope Village to obtain a fair and humane resolution before the residents are forced to relocate again."

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