SAN JOSE (KCBS) — Residents of The Jungle, San Jose’s largest homeless encampment, have recently received on-site medical care after the county moved a mobile clinic to the site.
“It’s important to bring the medicine to where the people are. This population doesn’t have a lot of transportation. A lot of times it’s hard for them to get bus fare to get to clinics,” said Janet Cole, nurse coordinator at the Valley Homeless Healthcare Program, which is part of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
Nathan, a Jungle resident, was astonished by the on-site health care services. “It’s amazing,” he said. “A lot of people don’t have access to health care. Some of them are disabled and they can’t get up the hill.”
He said it’s these types of acts that give people hope and when you’re living in The Jungle, that’s about all you have to go on.
It’s called ‘The Jungle’ because it has plenty of vegetation and is dotted with numerous homeless encampments. It resembles a small city within itself and like any city there are neighborhoods.
“Jurassic Park, The Guadalupe, Jumanji. That’s a new one for me. The Jungle actually starts right behind the Berryessa flea market,” said Toy, who gave a tour of the mile and a half stretch of homeless encampment.