San Jose Plans to Remove Homeless Camp Residents From 'The Jungle'

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 (Courtesy HomeFirst)

Citing health and safety concerns, San Jose officials plan to remove residents of a popular homeless camp on Thursday. The 75-acre camp, known as "The Jungle," houses about 300 people and is considered the largest homeless camp in the United States. Residents live in tents, shacks and treehouses amid piles of trash. San Jose is spending $4 million to subsidize housing for those removed from the camp, but critics say the subsidies are inadequate to cover rising rents.


Martha Mendoza, reporter for the Associated Press

Ray Bramson, homeless response team manager for San Jose

Sandy Perry, volunteer organizer for the Affordable Housing Network and an outreach minister with CHAM Deliverance Ministry

Chris Richardson, director of program operations with the Downtown Streets Team, a homeless services organization

Robert Aguirre, resident of "the Jungle"