Homeless Camps in Old Town Goleta

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Homeless Camps in Old Town Goleta
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I have been seeing homeless people living at the end of Magnolia Street in Old Town Goleta. I send many messages to the city and they tell me they deal with it, but the trash is left.

Some residents want to clean it up ourselves but worry about possible confrontations. Is there a better solution to cleanup the trash?


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office@sbact.org Sep 19, 2022 10:13 AM
Homeless Camps in Old Town Goleta

Good morning,

Thanks so much for sharing this. The City of Goleta and SB ACT host a monthly Zoom call to discuss community concerns related to homelessness in the City of Goleta. We'd encourage you to join us if you're able - this is a setting to discuss what is being done about this trash buildup and other encampment-related impacts throughout the City. The meeting is next Monday, 9/26 at 9am. The Zoom link is https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87413377706 .

We hope to see you there!

rubaiyat Sep 16, 2022 04:44 PM
Homeless Camps in Old Town Goleta

Two million new migrants, hard working and low paid are taking all the entry level jobs. Due to the lack of opportunity citizens turn to homelessness, drugs, and alcohol. Hopelessness we have created.

Gimli Sep 16, 2022 10:09 AM
Homeless Camps in Old Town Goleta

A good majority of these homeless individuals have serious drug, alcohol and mental issues. One just can't just put them in housing. I myself was homeless and I do know what it is like trying to survive out in the streets of SB. In April of 2015 I finally received housing at a residential old hotel (more like a insane asylum) with the majority of the residents here, and they did not want to adjust to a normal way of living. They still had that street mentality do what I want, no one tells me what to do and not following the rules attitude here. Drugs, alcohol, destruction of the property, threats and violence to other residents. I myself was threaten quite a few times. Just a couple of months ago, a male (a trust fund baby) resident in their late 30's who had mental and drug issues OD on fentanyl in his room. The cleaning lady hired by his parents to clean his room found him dead. He had his room filthy like a homeless encampment. And there is a lady here that she has her room like a homeless encampment that the housekeeper can't even go there for weekly cleaning. It was about 4 or 5 years ago somebody made a suggestion here on edhat to put all the homeless individuals out on the oil rigs that are not in operation. Not too bad of an idea. They cannot buy any alcohol or illegal drugs. Teach them how to fish and lobster trapping, and drop off of monthly supplies of food, water, clothing and have Doctor Without Walls to go out there for medical check ups.

Lucky 777 Sep 16, 2022 09:50 AM
Homeless Camps in Old Town Goleta

TGOD805 has it entirely correct. The gangs used to be the enforcers and keep the area clean, but now the "unhoused individuals" steal from the neighborhoods and are a market for the drugs the gangs sell, so it is a recurrent cycle. If you well meaning folks want to go out there with trash bags and pick up after them, good on ya. You might run across things that have "gone missing" from your yards and garages. Maybe your kid's bike !!

TGOD805 Sep 16, 2022 10:37 AM
Homeless Camps in Old Town Goleta

If you live around here... you know. If not you just make assumptions. Come up with possible solutions... no implementation. And on to the next issue.

TGOD805 Sep 16, 2022 09:23 AM
Homeless Camps in Old Town Goleta

Its a Mexican old town mostly. It's mostly old white people that live at those tracks behind the M streets. Back then when I was young the gangs (PJS) would make sure they didn't stay. Harass beat then up and stuff. Why because they would steal. They didn't buy all that stuff they stole it. But now those are the druggies these guys sell 2 so they are more than happy to let them be around. This is reality

RHS Sep 15, 2022 06:07 PM
Homeless Camps in Old Town Goleta

The railroad right of way is the private property of the RR. They send out crews regularly to clean up the mess. Someone can contact them to ask for intervention. But the question not being asked or answered is why do we have, in a affluent society, people living like this? It should be an embarrassment to our nation that we do not provide housing and medical care and food for our least competent.

SBSand Sep 16, 2022 07:39 AM
Homeless Camps in Old Town Goleta

Some of it is pure choice, I know people that do NOT want to work or pay taxes, rent, etc and would rather "camp". For some it is choice, for others it is addiction, some it is mental illness... SB has the climate where you can camp outside almost year round. We have a lot of resources for homeless here and they know it - free medical care, free camping supplies, free housing in more and more cases, etc. Many of the homeless in town have smart phones and are way more resourceful than people are giving them credit for!

Chip of SB Sep 16, 2022 07:05 AM
Homeless Camps in Old Town Goleta

I agree 100% RHS. We are allegedly one of the “wealthiest” countries in the world, but real wealth cannot be measured in terms of dollars. We may think we have everything, but a society that allows its fellow man to live in such squalor and misery is clearly missing something.

sblocal1967 Sep 15, 2022 06:47 PM
Homeless Camps in Old Town Goleta

Why? Because liberals do not want people to become self sufficient and productive. You end up getting a bunch of slackers who just take and have no incentive to do otherwise. Unfortunately these slackers overshadow the people who truly need help. These slackers are not stupid - hence why they choose SB as a place to set up shop. Our government just enables them so you get more and more.

fitz Sep 15, 2022 03:45 PM
Homeless Camps in Old Town Goleta

I say organize a community led clean up. Get the word out for everyone who wants to help to be there at a particular day/time with gloves/bags/pickers. Just do it. I bet the cops would be there in a flash. Then you and the volunteers can have a face to face until those in charge come and take care of the issue. How about this Saturday at 9 am.?

Ehdat Sep 16, 2022 11:07 AM
Homeless Camps in Old Town Goleta

There is a community clean up this weekend on the bluffs and beachs (where its fun for volunteers to go)

hatsoff2ya Sep 15, 2022 03:35 PM
Homeless Camps in Old Town Goleta

I used to ride my bicycle along the tracks in certain places..kind of a shortcut if it's any of your business. How odd and it just seems to me an avoidance of the obvious.
Society has rolled off the rails.

bicyclist Sep 15, 2022 02:17 PM
Homeless Camps in Old Town Goleta

OP - I think if you got "Andrew" involved, things wold progress nicely:
https://earthcomb.org/contact/ he'd probably just bust it out if the container's were put out to fill
& as Minibeast says HTO!!!

Minibeast Sep 15, 2022 01:39 PM
Homeless Camps in Old Town Goleta

Try contacting Heal the Ocean. They had some info on Edhat about a man working to clean up these encampments: Phone: (805) 965-7570

SBLetsGetAlong Sep 15, 2022 01:13 PM
Homeless Camps in Old Town Goleta

If you wait for the government to address a decades old problem you may die of old age.

Charge the government, City, for the time and clean up. Send them a bill.

Here’s an idea, deduct it from your taxes as you are performing a government action, maintaining public land, or list it as charity donation to the community.

Either way don’t hold your breath.

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