Residing homeless on BART property in Concord Evicted – CBS San Francisco

CONCORD (BCN) – Concord police on Wednesday deported about a dozen or so last residents of a plantation along San Miguel Road, in the field under the BART tracks, after a year and hundreds of complaints to the city. about unsanitary conditions, fire and drug use at the site.

The city issued a notice to residents 10 days earlier. At peak, there were an estimated 25 unused people at the site.

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BART owns the property, but the city is responsible for maintaining the site, said Concord Police Lt. Tamra Roberts. She said there was no problem on Wednesday, as everyone cooperated.

“We have reduced it several times over the past year,” said Roberts, who works with the department’s community impact team. “There were a lot of complaints – we actually received hundreds of complaints.”

The city maintenance staff will clean up what’s left of the camp. Roberts said the city was able to offer accommodation at a county-run shelter in Concord to those still there Wednesday, but no one accepted. She said she realized these people, many of them mentally ill, would move their belongings to other locations nearby.

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“They have access to local quality of life issues, including the experiences of unfamiliar people,” says Roberts, of the department’s Community Impact Unit, which works on local quality of life issues, including the experiences of unfamiliar people. public property as long as they do not create health hazards.

Concord is one of three Contra Costa cities, along with Richmond and Pittsburg, that offer full-time shelter. The city has also partnered with the county to create a three-person CORE (Coordinated Outreach, Referral & Interaction) team that spends 40 hours per week on homeless issues. Concord also established MHET – Mental Health Evaluation Team – in 2021, partnering a mental health professional with a police officer to help the unfamiliar get mental health referrals for patients. outpatient and other resources.

“We’re out there every day, trying to come up with a solution,” says Roberts. “But it’s not something any other city has tackled.”

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