Homeless Evictions: Displaced and Confused People at Risk and Possibly ‘Dangerous’ to Residents
“A couple of days ago there was 30 people up there–maybe more,” said Lois Cordova, a homeless woman and advocate who was on site monitoring the final evictions. “Now those people are wandering around the streets.”
Cordova worries that the people removed from the area will just move to other nearby areas but without their support systems. “There’s still a lot of places for people to camp around here but there’s not any people to camp together and help each other,” she said. And, she said, social services can’t find their clients to help them now.
Referring to a well-known local but homeless man, Cordova said, “Mental health was up there looking for Vern…Mental health couldn’t find him. When somebody has a place they go back to all the time, then you could find them.” Now she says Vern is displaced and confused. “He doesn’t understand. He doesn’t know that he can’t be there….He’s one of those people that really needs to be in care.”
In addition Cordova believes that many of the increasing number of transients or homeless in the Southern Humboldt area that people have complained about actually are just displaced people who are more visible now that they have been evicted from their camps.
At the same time a resident of Redway worried that homeless and transients from the Palco Marsh eviction in Eureka and this eviction today would be moving to his area. “They just sent them all down here,” he said referring to the forest camps to the north of his town. He worries that the cooking fires which caused so many wild blazes near town the last few years could be worse this year.
“You can’t just send these people into the forest,” he said. “It’s dangerous.”