One of the many departments and agencies we have been working with is the Housing Department’s Homelessness Response Team. The Homeless Response Team coordinates their efforts with Santa Clara Valley Water District, commercial property owners, and others, depending on the location of the encampment.
The process the Homeless Response Team follows after receiving a report is:
- An assessment team is sent to evaluate the needs of the people in the encampment. Offers services that may be available to them.
- Determine who controls the property where the encampment is located.
- Work with the property owner to get a 72-hour Notice to Vacate issued.
Encampments cannot be abated without first giving the residents of the encampment a 72-hour notice. The notice includes a warning that the encampment inhabitants must separate the personal property they want to keep from the property they want discarded. The City must store any property that the encampment inhabitants would like to keep.
The noticing and property requirements came from a court decision that sanctioned cities that did not follow this protocol. The entire process can take time, and due to the court protections built in, the City cannot immediately remove any encampment. For more information, you can contact the Homeless Response Team at: 408-510-7600, or my office at: 408-535-4901.