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Homeless Encampment Task Force Meeting
November 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
November 15, 2018 from 7pm-8:30pm at the Berryessa Community Room Library at 3355 Noble Ave, in San Jose
Major Surge of Homeless Encampments Triggers Nonprofit to Convene with Residents to Establish a Community Driven Homeless Encampment Task Force
(San Jose, CA) – Opening Doors 2020, a downtown San Jose nonprofit will convene with more than 100 residents at a community meeting to begin organizing a community driven homeless encampment task force to address the major surge of unsheltered homeless living in unsanctioned encampments across the city.
According to a recent audit by City Auditor Sharon Erickson’s titled, Audit Of The City’s Homeless Assistance Programs which includes data from the Santa Clara Valley Water District: It appears San Jose has conducted 563 encampments sweeps between July 2017 and April 2018. At a meeting in August, the Santa Clara Valley Water District reported that it dismantled 571 homeless tent settlements in the first eight months of this alone—far surpassing the previous average of about 400. As of January 2017, San Jose had 4,350 homeless residents, and 74 percent were considered unsheltered.
When sweeps happen residents say, increasing homeless encampment sweeps isn’t working and this “moving homeless along” method from our freeways, parks, schools, and businesses has now exacerbated the problem to our neighborhoods creating record breaking freeway brush fires, excessive trash, serious health and safety conditions, petty crime, and a trail of needles and feces on our sidewalks. Our neighborhoods deserve better and our homeless residents deserve better.
The Homeless Encampment Task Force meeting is scheduled for November 15, 2018 from 7pm-8:30pm at the Berryessa Community Room Library at 3355 Noble Ave, in San Jose. The task force meeting is open to the public. Community partner Midtown Family Services will assist with coordination of separate meetings to involve nonprofits, businesses, and faith based groups.
The homeless encampment task force expects to meet monthly for the next seven months and will prepare a list of homeless encampment recommendations for the City of San Jose and the County of Santa Clara.
For further information to support or join the task force contact David Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 408-401-1090,
Sincerely, David Hernandez-Opening Doors 2020