San Jose shuts down ‘The Jungle,’ one of nation’s largest homeless encampments


On Dec. 4, San Jose shut down one of the country’s largest homeless encampments — a 68-acre land bordering Coyote Creek where about 300 people live in tents and tree houses. It was known as: “The Jungle.”

City staff and social workers have evacuated people from the site, and crews will spend the next two weeks cleaning up.

In June 2013, the San Jose City Council approved $4 million over two years for a Rapid Re-Housing pilot program to house people from the Jungle, with another $1.67 million for encampment site cleanups this year.

So far, 144 people from the Jungle have been housed. More than 60 people that received rental subsidies are still looking for apartments.

Past Peninsula Press coverage:

  • San Jose city leaders consider competing visions to serve growing homeless population
  • Santa Clara County counts homeless, examines costs of cleaning up encampments