San Jose Starts Massive Sweep of Homeless Encampment Near Airport

Robert Handa, NBC Bay Area

02 de septiembre de 2022

After months of delays and debates, San Jose launched a massive month-long sweep of a sprawling homeless encampment near the airport Thursday.

It was a jarring site for the 200 or so unhoused people in the encampment around Guadalupe Gardens, as crews plowed through the targeted first zone, near Hedding Street, of the 40-acre site.

The September sweep is necessary for the city to meet an FAA mandated deadline to move the encampment away from the airport, or risk losing federal funding.

“We have 40 RVs that we moved out to the baseball field across the street, that has relieved some of the stress, but there are still people here,” said unhoused advocate Gail Osmer.

One is Carlos Rampolla, who has an old yellow school bus with seven dogs which hauls a mobile home.

He said it hasn’t been paradise, but he’s grateful.

“There’s a lot of noise because of the airplanes, so it’s kind of stressful,” said Rampolla. “But, well, at least I got to stay here.”

Advocates had hoped to delay the sweep because of the heat wave but city officials said they will pause abatement during peak heat days topping 88 degrees starting Saturday but will resume Wednesday.

By late afternoon, Rampolla was able to move to the far field away from the sweep.

The postal worker said the time at the encampment gave him a chance to save money.

“I was able to buy a lot here in California,” he said. “So I’m planning to build a house there.”

But advocates say Rampolla is the exception.

“Where are these 60 to 70 people living in an RV to go? There’s no plan,” said Osmer.

The city of San Jose, and Santa Clara County, as well as non profits were out there Thursday, trying to help people with their plans as they get pushed more and more into a corner.

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Handa, R. (2022). San Jose Starts Massive Sweep of Homeless Encampment Near Airport. NBC Bay Area. Recuperado el 02 de septiembre de 2022, de https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/south-bay/san-jose-homeless-encampment-sweep/2992800/

Housing crisis hits women harder in California, group’s research finds

Anabel Munoz, ABC7

24 de agosto de 2022

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Woman are much more likely than men to struggle with the cost of housing in California, according to a new report.

“It was stunning how extreme the difference is between women and men,” said Nancy Cohen, president of the Gender Equity Policy Institute, which produced the report on housing and gender in California.

Researchers found that 49% of women are “rent-burdened” compared to 43% of men, meaning they spend 30% or more of their income on rent.

“Black women are facing the most acute crisis of affordability,” Cohen said. “Latinos, single mothers and elderly women, particularly those who are living alone, are really struggling to afford housing in our state.”

In Los Angeles County, some of the greatest gaps impact single mothers of color.

In LA County, about 31% of all households spend more than half of their income on rent. For women-led households, it’s about 41%. And for households led by a Black or Latina single mother, it’s 51%.”

The report was conducted at the request of the California Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development.

Cohen cautions that the data was gathered prior to the pandemic and the cost of housing has only risen since then, meaning the gap now could be even higher than what was reported in the study.

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Munoz, A. (2022). Housing crisis hits women harder in California, group’s research finds. ABC7. Recuperado el 29 de agosto de 2022, de https://abc7.com/affording-housing-womens-issues-cost-of-living-california-gender-equity/12159267/

Enviada de la ONU evaluará situación de desplazados internos en México

La Redacción, La Jornada

25 de agosto de 2022

Familia desplazada por los ataques de paramilitares en Chiapas. Foto Cuartoscuro / Archivo

Ciudad de México. Para evaluar la situación de los derechos humanos de las personas desplazadas internas en el país, la relatora especial de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) en esta materia, Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, visitará México del 29 de agosto al 9 de septiembre próximo.

Jimenez-Damary estará en la Ciudad de México y los estados de Chihuahua, Chiapas y Guerrero, y durante su tiempo en el país se reunirá con altos funcionarios de gobierno, ONU y otras organizaciones de derechos humanos, humanitarias y de desarrollo, sociedad civil, personas desplazadas internas y comunidades afectadas por esta situación, informó la Oficina en México del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos.

En breves declaraciones previas a su visita, la relatora especial destacó que “el desplazamiento interno debido a la violencia o los desastres ha existido desde hace mucho tiempo en México, aunque haya sido recientemente reconocido”, y se estima que actualmente hay miles de personas en esta condición.

“Esta visita me brinda una oportunidad única y en el momento oportuno para recopilar información de primera mano sobre la situación de los derechos humanos de las y los desplazados internos en el país, y en particular, para colaborar con el gobierno y otras partes interesadas en la prevención, respuesta y soluciones duraderas al desplazamiento interno,” dijo la experta.

Como parte de su trabajo en México, Jimenez-Damary examinará los marcos jurídicos, normativos e institucionales vigentes para proteger los derechos de las personas desplazadas internas, y proyectos de ley relevantes actualmente en revisión.

Presentará sus observaciones preliminares al final de su visita el 9 de septiembre en una conferencia de prensa, que tendrá lugar en el edificio de las Naciones Unidas, en Lomas de Chapultepec, y en junio de 2023 se presentará un informe completo sobre la visita de la relatora especial al Consejo de Derechos Humanos.

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La Redacción. (2022). Enviada de la ONU evaluará situación de desplazados internos en México. La Jornada. Recuperado el 25 de agosto de 2022, de https://www.jornada.com.mx/notas/2022/08/25/sociedad/enviada-de-la-onu-evaluara-situacion-de-desplazados-internos-en-mexico/

Protestan contra CNDH por recurso a favor de deudores alimentarios

Redacción La Jornada

23 de agosto de 2022

Un grupo de feministas tomó de manera simbólica las instalaciones de la CNDH, ubicada en la calle República de Cuba, desde donde partió una marcha a la SCJN para protestar por las madres de los hijos deudores de pensión, en el Centro Histórico capitalino, el 22 de agosto de 2022. Foto Alfredo Domínguez

Colectivos de mujeres protestaron por la mañana frente a la sede de la Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDH) en protesta por la acción de inconstitucionalidad 98/2022 que el organismo presentó ante la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación (SCJN), para invalidar una reforma legal en la que un deudor alimentario moroso no puede ser candidato a cargo de elección popular en Yucatán.

Colocaron “un tendedero” con imágenes y datos de presuntos deudores alimentarios frente a las instalaciones de la CNDH en la calle República de Cuba y alrededor del mediodía se dirigieron a la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación para entregar un “amicus curiae” firmado por alrededor de 400 organizaciones, colectivas y activistas en contra de la acción de inconstitucionalidad promovido por la CNDH.

Pidieron que la corte confirme la constitucionalidad de las reformas a las leyes de Instituciones y procedimientos Electorales, de Transparencia y Acceso a la información y del Código de Administración Pública de Yucatán, en las que se establece que un candidato no debe ser deudor alimentario moroso y debe acreditar estar al corriente de sus pagos.

Organizaciones como Género 33 y el Observatorio Paridad y Violencia Política Morelos se extrañaron de la impugnación que hizo hace unos días la CNDH a esas reformas legales.

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Redacción La Jornada. (2022). Protestan contra CNDH por recurso a favor de deudores alimentarios. La Jornada. Recuperado el 24 de agosto de 2022, de https://www.jornada.com.mx/notas/2022/08/22/sociedad/feministas-protestan-contra-cndh-por-recurso-a-favor-de-deudor-alimentario/

Challenge to reduce homelessness in Santa Barbara County now underway

Delaney White, KSBY

23 de agosto de 2022

Just off Highway 101, nestled in the Santa Maria Riverbed and dotted with brightly colored tents, is a community of over 100 people experiencing homelessness.

The conditions are harsh. The area lacks shade, water, plumbing, transportation services, and medical resources.

Many people residing in the riverbed are degree holders. Some were firefighters, doctors, and tour guides, formerly serving a community that is now failing them.

“I went to college. I went to Cal Poly. I got a job. I worked at Hearst Castle as a tour guide for many years and then I got a DUI,” said Elizabeth Perry, a person transitioning out of The Santa Maria Riverbed.

Perry explained how she ended up in the riverbed.

“The DUI took my daughter away from me and it just… it did something to my life that made it very difficult for me to put back together,” said Perry.

Feeling hopeless, Perry turned to substances.

“…and without my daughter who is my life, things just went down, and once I found myself homeless, addiction set in,” said Transitioning out of The Santa Maria Riverbed.

She said there are very few resources available to people like her in the riverbed suffering from addiction.

“Now I feel like I’ve set behaviors that have now become patterns and a way of life and it’s hard to just break those and get back, and I think that’s true for a lot of people,” Perry added.

However, the county is trying to change that by participating in a 100-day challenge to reduce homelessness throughout the state by resolving encampments along county freeways and railroad corridors.

The funding behind this effort comes from the state of California encampment resolution funding grant awarded to Santa Barbara County to move people experiencing homelessness indoors and away from freeways and railroad tracks. This is because these locations have higher safety risks because of fires and collisions.

“A lot of this initial push is trying to make sure that we have accurately mapped all the sites so that we can make sure we’re getting the right services to the right people,” said the County of Santa Barbara Homelessness Assistance Program Manager Kimberlee Albers.

The county has been successful in other initiatives by obtaining a list of people experiencing homelessness, understanding what each one needs in order to be successful and connecting them with an outreach worker.

“We’re also hoping to move at least 20 who are living in encampments into shelter and another 20 into permanent housing,” said Albers.

People experiencing homelessness said they feel optimistic about the initiative. 

“At first I felt a little apprehensive about it because sometimes people say they want to help, but the help isn’t there,” said Perry.

“Not all of us are bad in the Riverbed. You know, not all of us use drugs, we’re not all bad. We’re just trying to live day to day. So hopefully this county gets us in houses,” said Shane Barker, a Santa Maria Riverbed encampment resident.

Involvement from the community is an integral part of this effort. If you’d like to help, you can donate gently used furniture or household items such as bedding and clothing. To coordinate a drop off contact Alice Villarreal Redit at aredit@hacsb.org.

Housing rental units are also in demand as part of this effort. Rental subsidies and landlord incentives are available.

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White, D. (2022). Challenge to reduce homelessness in Santa Barbara County now underway. KSBY. Recuperado el 23 de agosto de 2022, de https://www.ksby.com/news/local-news/challenge-to-reduce-homelessness-in-santa-barbara-county-now-underway