Calls Grow Louder To Allow For San Jose Homeless Settlement's Expansion

Megan Goldsby
October 16, 2018 - 10:52 am
Hope Village is a homeless camp in San Jose offering new tents, showers, storage lockers and other ameniteis.

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SAN JOSE — Efforts are intensifying to increase the scope of an unconventional homeless camp in San Jose. 

San Jose officials had agreed to lease city land to Santa Clara county for a settlement of 14 homeless people for six months, but members of the county Board of Supervisors want to double its size and use the land for 18 months. 

“We are not giving up on maxing out the number of people and services that we can have in this facility,” said Supervisor Dave Cortese.

The site, known as Hope Village, is distinctive for providing tents, showers, lockers and a communal area to the residents. 

The county board was expected to ratify the original six-month deal on Tuesday while also directing County Executive Jeffrey Smith to renegotiate for a longer lease that allows for more residents. 

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo has been adamant about the six-month deadline but is contemplating adding more residents, according to Cortese..

The settlement has already moved twice since opening on an unused parking lot on state land near Mineta San Jose International Airport in September. 

"One of the things that’s important for the people here is some sort of security and safety," said Peter Miron-Cook, a Hope Village organizer who is advocating for the site's expansion. "The more tenuous everything is, the more difficult it is for the residents. We don't want to be in a crisis mode in three or four more months, because we have to leave in another month or six weeks."

Written by: Arooba Kazmi