San Jose Offers Space To Unique Homeless Camp After Recent Eviction

Matt Bigler
September 19, 2018 - 11:26 am
Hope Village is a homeless camp in San Jose offering new tents, showers, storage lockers and other ameniteis.

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The Hope Village homeless encampment, noted for its amenities like showers, bathrooms and storage space, has reached an agreement to avoid another eviction for six months. 

San Jose officials will lease city-owned land south of San Jose International Airport to Santa Clara county for $1 for six months and the county would be responsible for overseeing the camp.

“Naturally, I’m very pleased. This should have an opportunity to at least be a viable alternative to what is being done now, which is unconscionable," said James, one of the residents. 

The temporary solution may be imperfect. There are already clusters of homeless people living illegally on the land set aside for Hope Village, according to The Mercury News

Hope Village opened earlier this month on a vacant, state-owned lot, but was evicted Monday by the California Highway Patrol. The camp reassembled on land owned by the Service Employees International Union. 

The campsite is funded by three private groups which provide large tents, showers and restrooms for up to 30 residents. 

Written by Arooba Kazmi.