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The below account is from a mainstream T.V. station, Jan 28, 2010
Homeless Resisting Move from Downtown Encampment
More than a dozen homeless people in downtown Fresno are being forced to move from their makeshift camp.
The homeless people are living in tents and sleeping on the ground on privately owned property at the corner of Ventura and F Street.
Work crews began showing up to fence off the property before noon but many of the homeless people living at the vacant lot refused to gather their belongings and leave and actually engaged in a shouting match with city officials.
One homeless man said, “I do not give them permission to enter my home without a valid court order or search warrant. I’m homeless… I live out here… this is my home.”
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said, “The individuals that are on this property today are in violation of trespass laws. We are trying to work with them in terms of finding a solution; a long term and a short term solution.”
The city decided to extend the moving deadline until the end of the day to allow the homeless to gather their belongings and vacate the property. City officials say they are also giving out Section 8 housing voucher applications. [appropriately known as Section WAIT…]
If everything is not moved out by the end of the day on Thursday, the city will label the belongings and store them and the owners will have 90 days to pick them up.