SPUR Comments on San José Guadalupe Encampment Strategy and Policy

Policy Letter

SPUR submitted this letter in response to the San José city staff’s report and update on the status of the city’s Encampment Management and Safe Relocation Strategy ahead of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) deadline to comply with regulations to clear out encampments in Guadalupe Gardens. While we support the city requesting an extension of the FAA deadline to comply by September 2022 — the city, county, and state must continue addressing the housing shortage, income inequality, and other structural causes of homelessness. Transitional and permanent supportive housing, as well as social and behavioral resources, must be delivered to meet the needs of unhoused residents in the park.