Eviction begins at Santa Cruz homeless camp

Eviction begins at Santa Cruz homeless camp


SANTA CRUZ — The northernmost portion of the long-time San Lorenzo Park Benchlands homeless encampment was shuttered Tuesday, the end result of a scheduled eviction presupposed to have an effect on about 29 people dwelling there.

The camp’s second “zone,” south of the Water Avenue bridge, is scheduled for the same destiny by midday on Monday, in line with a discover hand-delivered by legislation enforcement on Monday and Tuesday. Metropolis Homelessness Response Supervisor Larry Imwalle stated the second zone’s closure was anticipated to have an effect on 54 people, as of a rely Monday.

On the metropolis’s imposed deadline of midday, nearly all of the tents on web site had been dismantled and a couple of dozen people busily ferried possessions deeper into the remaining encampment. Santa Cruz Police Division and Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Workplace personnel informally lined the sidewalk above the camp, finally rolling out yellow police tape alongside the camp’s unsecured boundaries.

Environmental cleanup of the sight was scheduled to start Wednesday, Imwalle stated. Objects recognized as left-behind possessions, reasonably than refuse, shall be held in storage by the Santa Cruz Police Division for 90 days, per notices posted on the camp.

An in depth quantity of possessions remained within the not too long ago closed space, the place some camp occupants stated they feared they’d not be provided a journey to a metropolis shelter, have been they to relocate. Officers on the scene, nonetheless, pointed to a minivan with its again hatch open and ready to move these with metropolis shelter vouchers in hand.

Imwalle confirmed that, along with three common shuttle stops all through the town for transport to and from the Armory, extra shuttles have been scheduled to select up people who had signed up for metropolis shelter house.

One man rolled by on a skateboard, muttering, “The place is everybody purported to go?”

Every displaced occupant, in line with Santa Cruz metropolis officers, was provided an area at one of many metropolis’s managed homeless encampments — primarily in and across the Nationwide Guard Armory in DeLaveaga Park. The camps embody an outside tent “Overlook” web site, in addition to a web site contained in the Armory which not too long ago had reopened after an identical program operated by Santa Cruz County shuttered in June.

Imwalle stated that, as of Tuesday afternoon, six people from the Benchlands camp had taken the town up on shifting to the Armory camp. Some 73 empty shelter areas remained for these within the camp’s second closure zone, he stated.