Experiment With 1st Regulated Homeless Camp Ends With Demolition

Matt Bigler
April 01, 2019 - 2:46 pm

SAN JOSE — There's not much left of Hope Village, a unique homeless camp with amenities that had been sanctioned by officials. 

Tents poles, a portable toilet and piles of trash were all that remained on Monday of the short-lived experiment to provide tents, showers, bathrooms and other basic necessities to a few dozen people that are homeless. 

The camp, which is near Mineta San Jose International Airport, was cleared out over the weekend. It stood directly in the flight path of planes landing at the airport and the Federal Aviation Administration had ruled the site was unfit for residential use. 

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Officials from San Jose and Santa Clara county had reached a deal in which the city leased land to the county to provide space to Hope Village for six months while searching for a permanent solution. 

The camp had moved previously from land owned by California state and was supposed to relocate again to the Willow Glen neighborhood, but residents there rose up in opposition. 

For now, the displaced Hope Village residents, a group of about 20, were given hotel vouchers while officials seek a new site.