Sheriff’s Office Warns Homeless to Move From Camps Near Redway
Deputies and officers from the Department of Fish and Wildlife are warning homeless individuals today camped in the Redway area to move, said Sgt. Jesse Taylor of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department.
The officers are visiting transient camps, Taylor said. “We’re going in posting warnings and signage. We have requests from the property owner to not trespass.” In a few weeks, Taylor said, deputies from his department will again go to the spots. “At that point [those still camped there] will be subject to arrest if they don’t vacate.”
At this point, there are “eight to ten well-known populated camps,” Taylor said. He is hoping to get the individuals at these camps to move before fire season starts and more transients arrive with warmer weather.
“I’m still trying to work out the logistics with SWAP,” Taylor explained. He is hoping to get participants in the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program (SWAP) to assist with cleanup of the camps. “I’m hoping to be there in early April to knock down the brush and follow up with garbage removal.”
Homeless activist Debra Carey worries that the displaced will have “no where to go….There has to be place for the Verns in the world,” she said referencing a well-liked local man who is disabled. The homeless moved from the camps north of Redway, she believes “will just go into town.”
She worries that the displaced people just get passed from one area to another. “I just watched people get off the bus,” she said. “I kinda made contact with them and a lot of them are coming from Eureka. As we’ve sent them north; they’ve sent them back.”
Carey said, “We have to have somewhere for them to go…but we better get it on…A new season is coming on… .”