Crews break up homeless camp in Silicon Valley

Posted: 2014-12-05

Kelly, only first name given, a resident of a homeless encampment known as The Jungle leaves with this belongings Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. Police and social-workers on Thursday began clearing away one of the nation's largest homeless encampments, a cluster of flimsy tents and plywood shelters that once housed more than 200 people in the heart of California's wealthy Silicon Valley.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Police and social-service workers on Thursday began clearing away one of the nation's largest homeless encampments, a cluster of flimsy tents and plywood shelters that once housed more than 200 people in the heart of wealthy Silicon Valley.

Al Palaces, a former truck driver who moved in about eight months ago, was among those ordered to leave the camp known as the Jungle, which city officials have been trying to eliminate for years.

"I just grabbed whatever I could because I don't want to go to jail," he said, standing next to an overloaded shopping cart stuffed with muddy plastic bags.

On Monday, people living in the camp were given until dawn Thursday to leave or face arrest for trespassing. By Thursday morning, about 60 people were left at the muddy, garbage-strewn site.

Nancy Ortega sobbed as she watched tractors load garbage into trash trucks. A passing motorist shouted at those who had just been evicted.

"People drive by and look at us like we're circus animals," she said.

A resident is escorted out by San Jose police at a homeless encampment known as The Jungle Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. Police and social-workers on Thursday began clearing away one of the nation's largest homeless encampments, a cluster of flimsy tents and plywood shelters that once housed more than 200 people in the heart of California's wealthy Silicon Valley. © AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez A resident is escorted out by San Jose police at a homeless encampment known as The Jungle Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. Police and social-workers on Thursday began clearing away one of the…

Many people had trouble dragging their belongings out of the camp through ankle-deep mud.

"It's junk to everyone else. But to us, these are our homes," said Ortega, who said she had been in and out of jail and struggled with addiction and mental illness.

By midmorning, dozens had been moved out after abandoning most of their possessions, but some of the homeless remained.

Valentine Cortes, who said he was a journeyman construction worker, had no plans to leave his makeshift shelter built into a steep, muddy slope.

"I don't know why people got all chaotic today," he said. "We don't have to go."

 

Asked about the warning that anyone who stays could be jailed, he shrugged and said, "Then I guess I'll be arrested."

Animals also roamed the square-mile camp, some of them pets and others wild. Rats could be seen running through the muck.

A few dozen protesters gathered at the site holding signs reading "Homeless people matter" and "Stand with The Jungle."

The encampment stands in stark contrast to the surrounding valley, a region that leads the country in job growth, income and venture capital.

 

Palaces said he liked the Jungle better than the streets because people would bring food but not bother the residents.

"Even a job wouldn't give me a house" because housing prices are so high, he said.

Officials planned to try to find shelter for the night for those homeless people connected with social services. Anyone not linked with social services still has to leave, San Jose homelessness response manager Ray Bramson said.

Several homeless-assistance groups also stepped in to help. HomeFirst, the largest provider to homeless people in Santa Clara County, has a shelter nearby with 250 beds, including 27 set aside for camp residents. Another 50 beds are open in a nearby cold-weather shelter.

"This feels terrible," said Jenny Niklaus, the agency's chief executive officer. "People are up to their calves in the mud dragging their stuff into the street."

 

San Jose has spent more than $4 million over the last year and a half to solve problems at the encampment.

In the last month, one camp resident tried to strangle someone with a cord of wire. Another was nearly beaten to death with a hammer. And state water regulators have been demanding that polluted Coyote Creek, which cuts through the middle of the camp, get cleaned out, Bramson said.

Personal property confiscated Thursday was to be stored for 90 days before being disposed of in March.

The last time officials cleared out the camp was in May 2012, when about 150 people were moved out.

 

Dismantling the Jungle is a massive job. About 30 contractors in white hazardous-materials suits and hard hats joined other workers. More than two dozen police officers were also on hand.

It will take several days for trucks and bulldozers to haul out vast amounts of refuse and human waste. Heavy machinery will be used to fill in excavated areas where people had been living underground.

For some, the sudden abandonment of so many improvised homes was a bonanza.

Dau Nguyen muttered to himself as he picked through a trash heap, pausing to wash some of the items in an aluminum-foil bin.

"I wait for somebody to leave," Nguyen said, "and then everything is mine."

MORE IMAGES

  • Crew members clean up the homeless encampment known as The Jungle Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. Police and social-workers on Thursday began clearing away one of the nation's largest homeless encampments, a cluster of flimsy tents and plywood shelters that once housed more than 200 people in the heart of California's wealthy Silicon Valley.
  • FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, file photo, police officers and city officials hand out warning notices at a Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as The Jungle, in San Jose, Calif. San Jose homelessness response manager Ray Bramson says police and social services in Silicon Valley are starting a massive cleanout of the encampment, Thursday, Dec. 4.
  • Crews begin the clean up process at a homeless encampment known as The Jungle Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. Police and social-workers on Thursday began clearing away one of the nation's largest homeless encampments, a cluster of flimsy tents and plywood shelters that once housed more than 200 people in the heart of California's wealthy Silicon Valley.
  • Yolanda Gutierrez, a 2-year resident of a homeless encampment known as The Jungle, holds a sign in protest Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. Police and social-workers on Thursday began clearing away one of the nation's largest homeless encampments, a cluster of flimsy tents and plywood shelters that once housed more than 200 people in the heart of California's wealthy Silicon Valley.
  • A resident who goes by the name of D walks next to his tent at a homeless encampment known as The Jungle Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. Police and social-workers on Thursday began clearing away one of the nation's largest homeless encampments, a cluster of flimsy tents and plywood shelters that once housed more than 200 people in the heart of California's wealthy Silicon Valley.
  • Shaunn Cartwright holds a sign in opposition of the removal of residents at a homeless encampment known as The Jungle Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. Police and social-workers on Thursday began clearing away one of the nation's largest homeless encampments, a cluster of flimsy tents and plywood shelters that once housed more than 200 people in the heart of California's wealthy Silicon Valley.
  • A mask lies along a path at a homeless encampment known as The Jungle Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. Police and social-workers on Thursday began clearing away one of the nation's largest homeless encampments, a cluster of flimsy tents and plywood shelters that once housed more than 200 people in the heart of California's wealthy Silicon Valley.
  • Enrique Avalos holds up signs in opposition of the removal of residents at a homeless encampment known as The Jungle Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. Police and social-workers on Thursday began clearing away one of the nation's largest homeless encampments, a cluster of flimsy tents and plywood shelters that once housed more than 200 people in the heart of California's wealthy Silicon Valley.

 

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/crews-break-up-homeless-camp-in-silicon-valley/ar-BBgkTQk

Share this article on:    Facebook     Google+     Twitter

 

Enter comments below:

Your Email:
Validation Code from Graphic:
Enter these characters in the field above.


(Comments subject to review before being published.)


 

Health and Wellness Article Summary
Replies
PostedArticle TitleTotalPending
2019-05-22 Rat-infested mountains of rotting garbage ar... 0 0
2018-07-04 Six cups a day could decrease your risk of e... 0 0
2018-04-15 HEALTH NEWSSitting For Too Long Can Shrink T... 0 0
2018-02-22 Drinking alcohol more effective than exercis... 0 0
2016-05-09 The War on Men | Suzanne Venker and Stefan M... 0 0
2015-06-24 Gilbert Wellness & Resources Center Proposal... 0 0
2015-06-18 Safe pot? Tell that to the 62 kids who died 0 0
2015-06-14 Support your local ranchers and help protect... 0 0
2015-06-11 The Alternate Plan: Texas counties pioneer S... 0 0
2015-06-08 Living together before marriage could lead t... 0 0
2015-06-06 How "Affordable" Will Health Insurance Be in... 0 0
2015-05-13 Medicaid expansion has led to overburdened e... 1 0
2015-04-17 Cannabis 'kills 30,000 a year' 0 0
2015-04-05 Study Shows Marijuana Use Causes Brain Damag 0 0
2015-04-05 Dr. Helen Smith's Book: "Men On Strike..." 0 0
2015-04-03 Black conservative leaders discuss how the N... 0 0
2015-04-01 The Truth About Sex: Facts You Won't Believe... 0 0
2015-03-30 Canadians traveling abroad in record numbers... 0 0
2015-03-16 Cost of Healthcare.gov Website Exceeds $2.2B... 0 0
2015-03-16 At $340 million, Barack Obama owns world rec... 0 0
2015-02-20 800,000 people get bad tax info in latest He... 0 0
2015-02-08 Understanding Narcissistic Personality Disor... 0 0
2015-02-08 There Is No Such Thing as Mental Illness - S... 0 0
2015-02-02 OBAMACARE: $2 TRILLION IN SPENDING, $643M IN... 0 0
2015-01-10 Efficiency Of Government Deathcare 0 0
2015-01-04 Economics Of Socialized Medicine 0 0
2014-12-18 How Government Killed The Medical Profession 0 0
2014-12-05 Crews break up homeless camp in Silicon Vall... 0 0
2014-11-30 NEW FEDERAL DIETARY GUIDELINES ARE A MEATY I... 0 0
2014-11-19 Gruber and the Individual and Employer Manda... 0 0
2014-11-19 Mainstream Media FAIL: Citizen Journalist Ex... 0 0
2014-11-12 Obamacare Premiums Skyrocket 0 0
2014-10-27 FL Amendment 2: Morgan & Morgan, "For the P... 0 0
2014-10-20 CDC: Homosexual Males Represent 2 Percent Of... 0 0
2014-10-20 MORE OBAMACARE INSURANCE CANCELLATIONS TO CO... 0 0
2014-10-15 Second Dallas Hospital Worker Tested Positiv... 0 0
2014-10-13 Ebola: 'First' possible transmission of the ... 0 0
2014-10-13 Gilbert ranked among top cities in country, ... 0 0
2014-10-10 VOTER ALERT! 0 0
2014-10-03 Vote No On Prop 480 0 0
2014-08-23 7 Harmful Side Effects Pot Legalization Has ... 0 0
2014-08-09 VA Waiting Room 0 0
2014-08-07 Israel Rolls Out Exoskeleton Allowing Parapl... 0 0
2014-08-06 Brewer Converting Republicans to Independent 0 0
2014-07-31 Zack Interview-Security on the border betwee... 0 0
2014-07-26 Worsley Refuses To Fill Out CAP Survey? 0 0
2014-07-26 The Medicaid Funding Scam 0 0
2014-07-25 Obama Administration Forced to Craft New Bir... 0 0
2014-07-23 Big payoffs for Medicaid expansionists 0 0
2014-07-23 Border Patrol Agents Contract Diseases - UN ... 0 0
The Latest


The Latest (cont.)


If you would like to get the latest news from EVNN,
just send an email to eastvalleynewsnetwork@gmail.com
and say "Sign me up" and you will receive
our daily news digest at your inbox.

national debt

 

 
Catching the News that others let get away...
 
- Sitemap -