PALM SPRINGS (CNS) – A large homeless encampment at a Palm Springs
underpass was cleared out in a six-hour operation that employed three dump
trucks to haul away debris that had amassed at the location.
According to Palm Springs police, the agency’s Homeless Outreach Team
worked with the city Streets Department, Riverside County Crisis Response Team
and the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission to clear the encampment under the Gene
Autry Trail Bridge at Seven Lakes Drive.
It was unclear how many homeless people were living in the encampment –
– which was in a posted “No Trespassing” zone — but notices of the
pending cleanup were posted in the area to alert them of the pending operation.
Authorities said the amount of trash accumulating at the site created a public
Two homeless people were still at the location during the cleanup
operation, which required the use of a pair of bulldozers to clear the debris.
Police said the two people who remained at the site agreed to take
advantage of housing services and other assistance, and they were provided
transportation away from the area.
The department’s outreach team urged homeless people seeking help to
contact the Riverside County Housing Support Program at 833-391-0506.
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