Piles Of Rocks Left In Place Of Oceanside Homeless Encampment
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Photo by Tania Thorne
The area where a row of tents housing the homeless used to be, is now covered with piles of rocks brought in by the city of Oceanside.
Using bulldozers, city crews moved large rocks to the site along South Oceanside Boulevard on Wednesday morning to prevent homeless encampments from forming again.
The rocks came one day after dozens of tents and people were cleared out and offered motel vouchers.
Nearby restaurant owner, Raquel Nevarez, hopes the clean-up will bring business back to her restaurant.
“All that area where they camped was a truck stop for truck drivers that used to come to eat at my restaurant. After they made their camp, the truck drivers stopped coming," Nevarez said in Spanish.
A couple of tents remain as there were not enough vouchers for everyone.
Oceanside Police Department said they hope to get the remaining people motel vouchers next week.
Currently, Oceanside does not have a homeless shelter but hopes to open a transitional homeless shelter with wrap-around services by June 2021.
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