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City’s Response to Unsanctioned Camp at Gateway Plaza

Post Date:11/13/2019 3:15 PM


Contact: Ralph Dimarucut (831) 420-5017

City’s Response to Unsanctioned Camp at Gateway Plaza

SANTA CRUZ, CA – The City of Santa Cruz has not authorized any form of shelter campsite at the Gateway Plaza, a location others have referred to as the Ross camp. The City is actively reaching out to those camping at this site to offer safe alternative places for them to stay.

There are two alternative, sanctioned, sites in the city that offer safe places to stay for those who are experiencing homelessness, and both of these sites have current vacancies and are operated by the Salvation Army.

Consistent with all laws, the City will be proceeding with their standard operating procedure, as appropriate, for vacating the campsite and will make all possible efforts to prevent an unsanctioned camp from forming at the Gateway Plaza location to protect the public and the individuals camping there.

The City was forced to close the previous unsanctioned camp at this location due to significant health and public safety issues. The City is monitoring the situation closely and will respond appropriately to avoid a similar situation from occurring again. In addition to revisiting the tools the City has in place to prevent unsafe and unhealthy conditions from occurring, the City will also continue to work with the County and State to ensure that individuals living unsheltered have a safe place to stay and the support they need to get back on their feet.

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