BERKELEY (KCBS) — A homeless encampment under an East Bay freeway was cleared out for the second time in two weeks Tuesday, but it didn’t last long.
The California Highway Patrol watched as crews cleared the camp on Gilman Street under the I-80 freeway. Less than an hour later, the homeless moved back in.
“I’ve been down here for like a few months. It’s cause, the cops don’t really bother you down here,” camper Carrie told KCBS reporter Margie Shafer.
Carrie was upset that her tent and futon mattress were confiscated.
Sean Wilkenfeld of the CHP says the camps are a public health hazard, and a safety issue.
Residents of the camp have in the past attacked workers, and officers.
“We’ve talked to many of these people. We provide them with resources to help them get off the streets. Many of them will straight tell us that they don’t want to get off the streets,” Wilkenfeld said.
The City of Berkeley’s Housing and Community department has compiled information and outside links to assist homeless and those seeking affordable housing on its website.