On Thursday, January 31st, 2013, Salinas city workers, county health officials and police conducted an early morning sweep of the Chinatown homeless population, removing encampments on the street and in lots between buildings all along Soledad Street. Although ample warning had been given by authorities, a number of homeless were displaced and have now scattered across the city. Residents of Tents by the Gardens, a well-organized homeless community with both sanitation and security, were evicted from the lot they occupied. Three weeks later, no alternatives have been developed, despite appeals by advocates and a high-profile City Hall protest. With no sanctioned place to live close to the social services that provide support, many of these people have nowhere to go.
Photographed and recorded by Jay Dunn.
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