New ‘Jungle’ Homeless Camp Along San Jose Railroad Tracks Surprises Local Recycling Company

CBS San Francisco

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Silicon Valley’s fastest growing homeless encampment nestled along the railroad tracks near downtown San Jose off Phelan Ave. has grown to about 30 tents.

The property owner, Union Pacific Railroad, had no idea it had gotten this big until KPIX 5 called.

“This instance that’s occurred here, kind of caught us off guard,” said Union Pacific Railroad spokesperson Mark Davis.

It’s been nearly a month since San Jose shut down the Jungle, one of the largest homeless encampments in the country, with more than 200 squatters.

Over the years, the residents had become entrenched, building elaborate structures, digging tunnels and leaving behind a toxic stew of human waste and debris.

In the week after the closure of the Jungle, KPIX 5 followed some of the diehards who scattered throughout the city.

Tents and sleeping bags popped up at a Walmart on Story Rd., across…

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