Homeless Camps Removed

Homeless Camps Removed

Homeless Camp beneath the overpass Hwy 101

Homeless Camp beneath the overpass Hwy 101

By Kamala Silva Wolfe Peninsula Progress October 2012

As the City of South San Francisco continues big plans to bring renovations to the downtown area, neighbors have continued to complain about homeless encampments that have sprung up along the freeway entrances. Recent calls to the city’s code enforcement office brought about a quick response resulting in a cleanup effort that included California Department of Transportation and California Highway Patrol.

“There were two camps removed along the freeway at East Grand Avenue and Airport Boulevard” reports Code Enforcement and Safety Officer Tom Carney. “Crews worked to remove two truckloads of trash, which is a total of 14 yards.”

While there is much empathy for those that are suffering in this downward economy, Carney points out the many services we have in our communities. “We always want to give people options, places they can go to get the services they need.  We realize many of us are a paycheck or two from serious financial problems. We make sure resources are given to anyone we come across.”

Homeless camp area after the cleanup

Homeless camp area after the cleanup

Homeless Camp Under Hwy 101 Near Grand Avenue

Part of the homeless camp area before clean up

The city is committed to seeing progressive changes to the Grand Avenue and downtown area. A recent community meeting was held by city staff and officials outlining some of the plans on the drawing board.  Another meeting will be held in November at the Magnolia Senior Center.  For more information on public outreach for the downtown upgrades contact the city manager’s office at (650) 877-8500.

If there is a concern of blight in your neighborhood, you can report it to the SSF Code Enforcement via this hotline number (650) 829-6682. If there is someone you know that is in need of help please contact any of these organizations: St.Vincent de Paul (650) 589-8445 or the Samaritan House (650) 344-1651 or North Peninsula Services (650) 583-2798

For those that are interested in joining up with other volunteers committed to a better city, the Community Preservation Task Force meets the second Wednesday of every month at noon at the Betty Weber Room at the Municipal Services Building 33 Arroyo Drive.  More info: (650) 829-6656

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