FAQ: Illegal dumping at encampments

This page contains information related to the crisis of insufficient resources for the City of San Jose’s Homelessness Response Team.

1. How can I advocate for more resources for the Homelessness Response Team? Or how can I help?

If you haven’t yet submitted an online petition, do so now on this page.

Willing to help post information on NextDoor.com or Facebook? Or to record a 15-30 second video before or after the meeting on 11/20/19? Contact itsjuanestrada@gmail.com.

2. How can I get information from my Council District office?

A meeting will be held at 630pm in the Community Room of the Alum Rock Library on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Each council office, and the office of the Mayor, will have an opportunity to provide information regarding the crisis of insufficient resources for the Homelessness Response Team.

3. What does the petition request?

The petition urges the City Council and Office of the Mayor to ensure that the City of San Jose’s the City of San Jose’s Homelessness Response Team is provided with the resources it needs to be able to (1) visit encampment(s) to provide the unhoused/homeless with access to services within one business day and (2) to clear the location(s) of any health hazards and illegal dumping. The situation at some locations in San Jose has become a dire health and safety hazard. The Homelessness Response Team is apparently now unable to act for weeks at a time. Both housed and unhoused residents of San Jose need you to act immediately.

Some encampments unfortunately appear to attract two types of illegal activities. One is illegal activity other than illegal dumping. The other type of activity is illegal dumping. It is apparent that the illegal dumping at some sites is often unrelated to the unhoused individuals. Illegal dumpers appear to take advantage of the unhoused by dumping at the encampment(s). Illegal dumpers are victimizing both our neighborhoods and the unhoused.

For example, please provide the City of San Jose’s Homelessness Response Team with the resources to provide the unhoused/homeless with access to services and clear the following location(s) of any health hazards and illegal dumping within one business day. Address the crisis in our neighborhoods.

1. Capitol Expressway and Mervyns Way. Along the Capitol Expressway fence and in the dirt area in that location. Next to 920 S Capitol Ave, San Jose, CA 95127.
2. Highwood Ave and South Capitol Ave; right behind the Capitol Expressway wall
3. McGuinness Ave and Mervyns Way

4. WHO IS INVITING COUNCIL OFFICES TO THIS EVENT

A committee of volunteers. In alphabetical order: Juan Estrada, Barbara Bobbi Atak, Rochelle Leggett, and Tamara Sanchez.

 

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