Homeless in Silicon Valley

Tent encampments for the poor in San Jose showcase the region's startling income inequality

Published March 10, 2013 5:00PM (EDT)

  (<a href='http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-62233p1.html'>Arman Zhenikeyev</a> via <a href='http://www.shutterstock.com/'>Shutterstock</a>)
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This piece originally appeared in New America Media.

New America media In San Jose, the heart of Silicon Valley, economic inequality can be seen from the sky. Dozens of tents and flimsy structures dot a grassy open field near the San Jose airport, which is home to more than 100 homeless people. There are an estimated 60 encampments throughout Santa Clara County, according to news reports. City officials have announced a "clean up" of the San Jose camp on Friday, March 8, where they will push people out and confiscate their possessions. Silicon Valley De-Bug, a community and youth media organization based in San Jose, interviewed the camp's residents about how they got there and where they are headed.


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