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A growing homeless community outside the Oakland Charter Academy high school led to outrage among the locals. Two years ago there were only two homeless tents on Bond Street. Two years later in 2019 there are approximately 20 tents outside the school
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The devastating homeless crisis in Oakland is just ballooning, as locals say that a high school block that once had only two homeless tents has expanded over the course of two years to an ever-expanding slum.

The homeless camp threatens the local high school Oakland Charter Academy, which oversees 250 students, because the street East Oakland is right in front of the school full of tents, slums and people living out of cars.

Today Bond Street is lined with around 20 tarp-covered makeshift houses, just a few steps from the school entrance and directly behind the gates of local houses. It is far away from what the street looked like two years ago when there were only two tents on the residential block.

According to a January count, Oakland has an estimated 4,071 homeless, an increase of 47 percent in the past two years. In 2017, Oakland had a total of 2,761 homeless people, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

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The nascent stray community has given the public a kickback and now local leaders are urging the city of Oakland to intervene.

A growing homeless community outside the Oakland Charter Academy high school led to outrage among the locals. Two years ago there were only two homeless tents on Bond Street. Two years later in 2019 there are approximately 20 tents outside the school

A growing homeless community outside the Oakland Charter Academy high school led to outrage among the locals. Two years ago there were only two homeless tents on Bond Street. Two years later in 2019 there are approximately 20 tents outside the school

This once residential block has been transformed into a homeless community as more displaced people pitch their tents, to the indignation of school officials and locals. There are an estimated 20 tents today

This once residential block has been transformed into a homeless community as more displaced people pitch their tents, to the indignation of school officials and locals. There are an estimated 20 tents today

This once residential block has been transformed into a homeless community as more displaced people pitch their tents, to the indignation of school officials and locals. There are an estimated 20 tents today

A look in the homeless camp shows people who live out of cars and camping tents
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A look in the homeless camp shows people who live out of cars and camping tents

A look in the homeless camp shows people who live out of cars and camping tents

Before: this street scene from Google Maps shows how empty Bond Street once was before the homeless community set up camp on the street

Before: this street scene from Google Maps shows how empty Bond Street once was before the homeless community set up camp on the street

Before: this street scene from Google Maps shows how empty Bond Street once was before the homeless community set up camp on the street

Alderman Noel Gallo argues that if the city refuses to relocate the high school camp, the city violates state law.

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& # 39; I just want to make sure that our children are safe and that their parents feel comfortable letting their children walk to school & # 39 ;, headmaster Lucas Kelleher said to NBC.

& # 39; Children have seen fights breaking out, children have seen many bizarre events during the break and during gym classes, & # 39; he added.

Locals who live on the block are just as frustrated.

& # 39; I can no longer hold dinner parties, I can no longer have barbecues. They have one for our children – in our back yard – and they have asked for money, & an anonymous resident said.

The resident said the city plans to set up Porta potties on Bond Street, which could aggravate the homeless crisis in the area.

& # 39; I just want to make sure that our children are safe and that their parents feel comfortable letting their children walk to school & # 39 ;, said headmaster Lucas Kelleher
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& # 39; I just want to make sure that our children are safe and that their parents feel comfortable letting their children walk to school & # 39 ;, said headmaster Lucas Kelleher

& # 39; I just want to make sure that our children are safe and that their parents feel comfortable letting their children walk to school & # 39 ;, said headmaster Lucas Kelleher

& # 39; I don't use drugs, I don't prostitute, I don't see that at all here. The landlord has raised the rent by a thousand dollars, and I could not afford that, "said Latoya Jackson, who moved to the area six months ago.

& # 39; I don't use drugs, I don't prostitute, I don't see that at all here. The landlord has raised the rent by a thousand dollars, and I could not afford that, "said Latoya Jackson, who moved to the area six months ago.

& # 39; I don't use drugs, I don't prostitute, I don't see that at all here. The landlord has raised the rent by a thousand dollars, and I could not afford that, "said Latoya Jackson, who moved to the area six months ago.

But the homeless say they have no place to go.

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& # 39; I don't use drugs, I don't prostitute, I don't see that at all here. The landlord has raised the rent by a thousand dollars, and I could not afford that, "said Latoya Jackson, who moved to the area six months ago.

Counting homeless people in California

Oakland: 4,071. A homeless percentage per head of 940 per 100,000 people

San Francisco: 8,011. A rate per capita of 906.4 per 100,000 people

Berkeley: 1,108. A rate per capita of 898.4 per 100,000

Rates released in July 2019 after one night counting by city and district officials. Homeless people count from January 2019.

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Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

The mayor's office said that the city is aware of the homeless camp outside the school and plans to clean it up, but it will not close completely.

Officials believe that the number of homeless people in Oakland has increased over the past two years due to rent increases, an extreme housing shortage and job losses.

In addition, the city's efforts to combat homelessness may have invited more stray dogs because they have created five community cabins and opened a safe motorhome in June.

Oakland Charter Academy is not the only part of the city that is plagued by growing displaced communities.

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Harrowing video recordings of Oakland & # 39; s only Home Depot on Alameda Avenue shows how the store is flanked by two homeless communities where homeless people have created their own cities in abandoned plots.

The homeless community near Home Depot: new video footage shows the huge homeless camp around Oakland's only Home Depot store on Alameda Avenue

The homeless community near Home Depot: new video footage shows the huge homeless camp around Oakland's only Home Depot store on Alameda Avenue

The homeless community near Home Depot: new video footage shows the huge homeless camp around Oakland's only Home Depot store on Alameda Avenue

The moving images of the Home Depot parking lot show how just outside the blue gate of the store an entire wandering community has set up its camp

The moving images of the Home Depot parking lot show how just outside the blue gate of the store an entire wandering community has set up its camp

The moving images of the Home Depot parking lot show how just outside the blue gate of the store an entire wandering community has set up its camp

A better view of the Home Depot homeless camp in the Fruitvale district above
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A better view of the Home Depot homeless camp in the Fruitvale district above

A better view of the Home Depot homeless camp in the Fruitvale district above

According to a January count, Oakland has an estimated 4,071 homeless, an increase of 47 percent in the past two years. In 2017, Oakland had 2,761 homeless people in total

According to a January count, Oakland has an estimated 4,071 homeless, an increase of 47 percent in the past two years. In 2017, Oakland had 2,761 homeless people in total

According to a January count, Oakland has an estimated 4,071 homeless, an increase of 47 percent in the past two years. In 2017, Oakland had 2,761 homeless people in total

Before the homeless moved in: this Google Street View shows how empty the lot that now houses a huge stray community once was

Before the homeless moved in: this Google Street View shows how empty the lot that now houses a huge stray community once was

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Before the homeless moved in: this Google Street View shows how empty the lot that now houses a huge stray community once was

The Oakland Home Depot and the adjacent plot pictured above a few years ago, before the influx of homeless people decided to settle there

The Oakland Home Depot and the adjacent plot pictured above a few years ago, before the influx of homeless people decided to settle there

The Oakland Home Depot and the adjacent plot pictured above a few years ago, before the influx of homeless people decided to settle there

This 2017 aerial photo shows the start of the homeless camp at Home Depot

This 2017 aerial photo shows the start of the homeless camp at Home Depot

This 2017 aerial photo shows the start of the homeless camp at Home Depot

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Although the parking lot for the hardware store is fenced, just beyond the metal grid, the rows of tents, trailers and makeshift houses made of tarp and wooden panels are visible.

It was a real problem for business and Home Depot executives stopped in Oakland in July to meet Mayor Libby Schaaf and try to get the homeless camp a block away.

& # 39; The biggest problems they have in these camps are aggressive individuals in these camps and theft & # 39 ;, said Mayor of Oakland Shaaf in May.

& # 39; Just let me be clear. Nobody deserves the unpleasant consequences of large-scale encampments – the waste, the plague, the human waste. We need to clear these consequences while being compassionate, & she added.

A similar drastic change of scene has caught up with the once vibrant Madison Square Park in Oakland Chinatown, between the streets of Madison and Jackson.

There used to be many Chinese seniors in the area. The locals gathered in the park for Tai Chi, dance classes or just to spend time with neighbors.

But that all changed two years ago when the homeless moved in and pitched their tents.

YouTube videos & # 39; s made 10 years ago show the park full of hundreds of seniors gathering for Tai Chi lessons.

The homeless takeover of Madison Square Park: this park in the Chinese city of Oakland has also been flooded with homeless people who have set up shelter and temporary tents in the last two years

The homeless takeover of Madison Square Park: this park in the Chinese city of Oakland has also been flooded with homeless people who have set up shelter and temporary tents in the last two years

The homeless takeover of Madison Square Park: this park in the Chinese city of Oakland has also been flooded with homeless people who have set up shelter and temporary tents in the last two years

The park's playground is abandoned today, with a few homeless tents

The park's playground is abandoned today, with a few homeless tents

The park's playground is abandoned today, with a few homeless tents

The park used to be used by hundreds of Chinese seniors for Tai Chi and dance classes. Now it is mostly empty because of the influx of homeless people who drove them away

The park used to be used by hundreds of Chinese seniors for Tai Chi and dance classes. Now it is mostly empty because of the influx of homeless people who drove them away

The park used to be used by hundreds of Chinese seniors for Tai Chi and dance classes. Now it is mostly empty because of the influx of homeless people who drove them away

& # 39; People would dance there. [There would be] another Tai Chi group there, & said the local woman De Juan Zhu through a translator, pointing to different parts of the park. & # 39; It was filled with at least a few hundred people & # 39;

& # 39; People would dance there. [There would be] another Tai Chi group there, & said the local woman De Juan Zhu through a translator, pointing to different parts of the park. & # 39; It was filled with at least a few hundred people & # 39;

& # 39; People would dance there. [There would be] another Tai Chi group there, & said the local woman De Juan Zhu through a translator, pointing to different parts of the park. & # 39; It was filled with at least a few hundred people & # 39;

What Madison Square Park used to be: videos & # 39; s on YouTube from 10 years ago show crowds of seniors practicing Tai Chi and enjoying the park. Today, the park is abandoned after several homeless people have harassed part of the local population

What Madison Square Park used to be: videos & # 39; s on YouTube from 10 years ago show crowds of seniors practicing Tai Chi and enjoying the park. Today, the park is abandoned after several homeless people have harassed part of the local population

What Madison Square Park used to be: videos & # 39; s on YouTube from 10 years ago show crowds of seniors practicing Tai Chi and enjoying the park. Today, the park is abandoned after several homeless people have harassed part of the local population

& # 39; People would dance there. [There would be] another Tai Chi group there, & said the local woman De Juan Zhu through a translator, pointing to different parts of the park. & # 39; It was filled with at least a few hundred people. & # 39;

But after more and more homeless people had taken over the park, the locals stopped walking to the park.

& # 39; People were scared to come. They saw the tents and the trash and everyone got scared. It turned this into an abandoned park, & she said.

Some homeless people were kicked out of the park about six months ago after complaints that some students from nearby schools were bothered during their PE lessons. Now the schools and students have stopped using Madison Square Park.

& # 39; They [were [inappropriate to touch the children and also scare many seniors] & # 39 ;, said Chinese community leader Carl Chan CBS.

To address the problem with homeless people, Joe DeVries, the assistant to the Oakland City administrator, says they will set up a cabin community two blocks away from the park in October and will clean up the remaining six tents from the park and clean up the homeless will ask to enter the cabins.

& # 39; Hopefully that will happen, at that moment we will all celebrate it & # 39 ;, Chan said.

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