Social Service Groups Work to Help Homeless People Kicked Out of San Jose Park
Peter Jon Shuler
About two dozen homeless people camped in San Jose’s Kelley Park are getting ready to leave Thursday. After the city issued notices to clear out earlier this week, teams from homeless outreach groups visited the encampment to offer people housing vouchers and services.
Christel, 24, didn’t want to give her last name. She says being homeless was never part of her plan.
“The people that are inside of this camp are working and they’re taking care of business,” she says. “And this is the only shelter that they’ve got. But since there is some type of help that they’re going to be given, I appreciate it and I believe that it’s a blessing.”
The city ordered residents to leave by Thursday as part of an ongoing cleanup of creek beds in the South Bay. The city also cited concerns about safety and habitat degradation.