During the week of March 6 - 10, 2017, a homeless encampment cleanup operation was successfully conducted.
Deputies with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Civil Unit assisted Fresno County Public Works and Environmental Health with the homeless encampment cleanup operation. It occurred on two pieces of property located near the intersection of W. Dudley Ave. and N. Lafayette Ave. in Fresno.
The encampment had been growing during the last year and the Sheriff’s Office received 26 trespassing complaints from local residents and the property owner. There were approximately a dozen people illegally occupying the properties at any given time. It also contained several travel trailers.
Last week, deputies posted notices to vacate the area. This was to allow folks ample time to collect their belongings prior to deputies arriving Monday morning. Everyone remaining on Monday was escorted off the property. Additional items left behind, which are identified as belonging to an occupant, were collected and placed in storage. Occupants have the next 90 days to retrieve their remaining possessions. They can do this by contacting the Sheriff’s Office. Staff members of the Poverello House, Veteran Affairs, the Fresno Rescue Mission and Fresno Madera Continuum of Care also participated in this process to ensure a positive outcome. Advocates visited the location to assist the homeless and explain the resources available to them in regards to housing placement. However, it is solely their choice to accept the help being offered.
With the cleanup now complete, a locked fence has been placed around the property and a private property / no trespassing sign has been posted. Sheriff’s deputies will be patrolling the area on a regular basis to ensure that a homeless encampment is not reestablished in this area.
The Sheriff’s Office encourages property owners to monitor their grounds on a regular basis and make sure they are secure. If trespassers or vehicles appear on the property, report it right away. Taking a proactive approach will help Fresno County a great deal with its effort to reduce the number of homeless encampments on public and private lands.
Day 1 of cleanup