December 21, 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A huge homeless encampment has mushroomed in a grassy field near downtown San Jose.
There are now more than 100 homeless people living in tents in the field not far from the Guadalupe River Park.
The San Jose Mercury News says housing director Leslye Corsiglia told the City Council in a memo on Wednesday that the encampment is targeted for cleanup the first week of March.
Most of the city's estimated 60 encampments are along waterways where they are hidden from view.
But the new 70-tent homeless village has drawn complaints because it is highly visible and it has grown quickly.
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