San Jose Clears Out Homeless Camp
Peter Jon Shuler
The remaining residents of a homeless encampment in San Jose’s Kelley Park are expected to pack up and leave Thursday morning as a team from the California Conservation Corps clears out debris. For the last few days, social service teams have been working to get residents into housing.
The city of San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley Water District ordered residents to leave in order to address environmental concerns along Coyote Creek. Meanwhile, workers from already-strained homeless outreach groups have been offering people housing vouchers and other help.
Jesus, 41, who didn’t want to give his last name, fell onto hard times after losing his construction job.
“They’re going to place us in a motel and offer us job services and housing. And once that kicks in I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to get a job and get back on my feet,” he says. “Because this is my first time being homeless. I’ve been working ever since I was 18.”
Jesus says he arrived at the creek site a little more than a month ago. Others say they’ve been there for 3 to 4 months.