SAN JOSE (KRON) — Some of the homeless people who once lived in an encampment known as “the Jungle” are now looking for a new place to stay.
The Union Pacific railroad says it will clear out a major collection of makeshift homes for the homeless along their tracks in San Jose by January 21st.
“A lot of us are here not by choice but by necessity,” encampment resident Yolanda Guitierrez tells KRON 4’s Dan Kerman. “I got nervous trying to figure out what I’m going to do. I don’t know where I’m going to go.”
About 50 people are now living in tents and ramshackle structures along the railroad tracks. Advocates for the homeless say too many people take a “Not in My Backyard” approach to the problem.
“This is a problem that’s been created by everyone,” homeless advocate Robert Aguirre says. “I think everyone has a certain amount of responsibility towards solving it and for people to have a NIMBY attitude is not going to solve this problem.”
Some advocates say one solution may be to create a legal encampment on city-owned property.