VIDEO: San Jose Won’t Clear Homeless Out of “The Jungle” After All

By Brian Shields

Mon Aug 11th, 2014 8:16am America/Los_Angeles

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SAN JOSE (KRON) — Most of the people living in a large homeless encampment in San Jose known as the “Jungle” won’t have to leave the area after all.

KRON 4′s Mike Pelton reports fliers that had gone up warning residents that they would have to leave by 7:00 a.m. Monday shouldn’t have been posted at the largest encampment on the east side of Coyote Creek near Senter and Story Roads.

People living in that community staged weekend protests to oppose the proposed clean-up efforts.

Mike says a city homeless coordinator tells him the clean-up will take place on the west side of the creek and should only displace five to ten people. The coordinator says the city is working with those people to accommodate the clean-up.

City officials say they do plan to install a gate near the main encampment later in the month in an effort to prevent illegal dumping.

Homeless advocates say church groups and other charities use that area to bring food to the people living in “The Jungle.”

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