New Homeless Camp Grows Near Railroad Tracks in Berkeley

It's boom time for the homeless in West Berkeley, where a new homeless encampment has sprouted up along railroad tracks, according to reports.

The San Francisco Chronicle notes that Second and Jones, an industrial area, is now a favored place for transients and the homeless who have been uprooted from the Albany Bulb and elsewhere in the East Bay.

These campers near the railroad tracks lived underneath the Gilman Street overpass until July 18, when the city cleared the area out.

Police say that they're visiting the camps from time to time to check up on things, and politicians say that the problem is not theirs alone -- it's regional, the newspaper reported.

Homeless people themselves say that they understand residents may not be happy with trash, needles and homeless people -- but that they need somewhere to go.

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