Two Homeless Camps Cleared from Highway 101

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Photo by John Palminteri / KEYT News
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By edhat staff

Two large homeless camps have been removed from the side of Highway 101 in Santa Barbara this week.

Both camps located near the Castillo and Haley Street onramp were overloaded with bicycles, tents, and a large amount of debris, reports John Palminteri of KEYT News.

The cleanup involved  Caltrans, Santa Barbara Public Works, California Highway Patrol, Santa Barbara Police and homeless advocates. The people living in these camps were notified ahead of time of the cleanup and offered services.

These camps have been the source of recent fires along Highway 101 and the railroad tracks threatening nearby homes and property.


Photo: John Palminteri

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STARSB Mar 17, 2021 01:36 PM
Two Homeless Camps Cleared from Highway 101

Are all our shelters full? This space was out of control and way too close to fast moving cars.
With so many resources out there could these people not get help? These people had so much stuff outside including a christmas tree! Terribly unsafe as well as a sight sore for our tourists.

Watcher237 Mar 17, 2021 12:16 PM
Two Homeless Camps Cleared from Highway 101

There's plenty more camps to clear along the 101. And plenty of more tent-cities to build somewhere on county vacant land. Get movin'

Ahlia Mar 17, 2021 09:58 AM
Two Homeless Camps Cleared from Highway 101

SO SO HAPPY this has been cleaned up ! It looks like a LOT of dirty work. THANK YOU to all of you that love and care for our town. Your hard work is "Love made visible" :-)

loving it in SB Mar 18, 2021 07:39 AM
Two Homeless Camps Cleared from Highway 101

The garbage pile was cleared not the people living there. It's all still there on both sides of the on ramp. Drive down the Castillo offramp and look at the mess there, take a left, go back to the on ramp and you will see the huge amount of garbage and people there. They are now swarming the 400 block of State.

seaninsb Mar 17, 2021 09:36 AM
Two Homeless Camps Cleared from Highway 101

It’s a start, only took a year to get done. Thank god, truck all the junk to the dump. Vaccinate em and move em along. These freeway encampments are unsafe for everyone. I’m surprised a car didn’t careen off the road and kill someone here in the last year. Let alone a fire during a windy night to burn down half the city. Hopefully they can remove the rest of the debris and the rest of the debris sites with some sort of hasty time frame.

Luvaduck Mar 17, 2021 09:22 AM
Two Homeless Camps Cleared from Highway 101

If truck-loads of boulders after they clean up reccurent sites, it would stop immediate recolonization there. But what to do about attracting vagrants from other areas, particularly other states? Who'd rather be homeless in Texas, the Old South, any cold state than where the climate is great, it's beautiful, the politicians are friendly, and the locals are generous?

dukemunson Mar 17, 2021 02:44 PM
Two Homeless Camps Cleared from Highway 101

I'd take living outside in 100 degree heat over 38 degrees and hail any day! Lotta freebies and perks though through the local and state level that tip the scale back this way...

bosco Mar 17, 2021 11:22 AM
Two Homeless Camps Cleared from Highway 101

If you factor population (per 100,000) it is:

1. DC -94
2. NY - 46.4
3. Hawaii - 44.9
4. California - 38.3
5. Oregon - 38.3
6. Washington - 29.1
7. Massachusetts - 26.9
8. Alaska - 25.8
9. Nevada - 23.9
10. Vermont - 17.5

PitMix Mar 17, 2021 10:48 AM
Two Homeless Camps Cleared from Highway 101

And yet, every state has homeless. Top ten are:
California (151,278)
New York (92,091)
Florida (28,328)
Texas (25,848)
Washington (21,577)
Massachusetts (18,471)
Oregon (15,876)
Pennsylvania (13,199)

I know it seems like we have a lot, and we have more than our share by population, but we don't have as many as we could.

Goodland 4ever Mar 17, 2021 09:10 AM
Two Homeless Camps Cleared from Highway 101

Why do the homeless choose to live right off the freeway where there is vehicle danger and noise? Is it because responsibility of enforcement is shifted to Cal Trans or CHP instead of Sheriff or PD?

Seeing all these encampments makes me sad. Can't we use the abundance of vacant retail spaces as temporary housing? Let's make good use of our resources.

DBD Mar 17, 2021 10:22 AM
Two Homeless Camps Cleared from Highway 101

1- zoning would never allow for people to live in retail. That alone would be a muti year process and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
2- judging by decades of experience with the living conditions of the local homeless, the retail space would be thrashed and take months of work and a lot of $ to bring back up into rentable shape. Might make for a good social experiment, but probably not the best business decision.

sbarbarian Mar 17, 2021 09:08 AM
Two Homeless Camps Cleared from Highway 101

The Doctors Without Walls were just ramping up to do vaccinations at all of the camps...scattering the homeless will only make this harder. The city apparently did not think to ask health officials about any plans for C-19 vaccination. Sigh...unintended consequences.

dukemunson Mar 17, 2021 09:47 AM
Two Homeless Camps Cleared from Highway 101

Sbarbarian - ok! So... onto the few hundred thousand SB county residents still wanting/needing the vaccine... what’s the issue/problem/need for a sigh?

BigDD Mar 17, 2021 08:42 AM
Two Homeless Camps Cleared from Highway 101

Thank you for the update. Now, the city team needs to move on down the highway to the raised shoulder on the northbound off-ramp at Garden Street.

RHS Mar 16, 2021 06:33 PM
Two Homeless Camps Cleared from Highway 101

It is civilized and prudent to remove these messes. But where are we sending this population? As a society we too often only want to see the nice things and pretend that the miserable is not with us.

bosco Mar 17, 2021 10:43 AM
Two Homeless Camps Cleared from Highway 101

While this is true, you also have to acknowledge that most will not be rehabilitated. The mental health issues will not just go away. We have to accept the fact that many people will never actually break these habits and will just cycle on and off the streets. Permanent solutions are needed. With Permanent solutions we also need disincentives for people to come here and live on the streets. Enough with the short term shelters and free handouts. We should have some sympathy and support for our local community members with mental health, addiction, and other problems. But we also need a more aggressive approach with non-local people to sleeping on the street. So far I haven't seen those type of solutions being proposed.

Chip of SB Mar 17, 2021 08:12 AM
Two Homeless Camps Cleared from Highway 101

I agree RHS. Most voters and the mayor herself continue to pretend this is nothing but a housing crisis. Clearing the occasional camp or building a bunch of high density low cost housing will never solve the problem. The vast majority of the people living in these camps are addicts. In order to help them, we must acknowledge this is an addiction problem. The only way to help these people is to intervene in their lives, break the cycle of addiction, and put them on a path to rehabilitation. These people desperately need our help, but we steadfastly refuse to acknowledge their problem let alone offer a solution.

a-1615935040 Mar 16, 2021 03:50 PM
Two Homeless Camps Cleared from Highway 101

All that stuff! It must have taken quite a while to accumulate. Hopefully, the area and other areas can be watched so that it does not reach this level of accumulation. Also: there's a pile of stuff along W. Montecito Street/Chapala Street - doesn't look like an encampment, just a dump.

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