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Posted on: December 7, 2018

What's Next for Beard Brook Park and Modesto's Homeless?

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As a result of the Federal Ninth Circuit Court ruling, the Senior Executive Team for the City of Modesto made an executive decision to allow for camping at Beard Brook Park as a temporary solution in September.  Following this decision, the homeless community has gradually increased at the Park.  

Despite some significant benefits that this has provided to the homeless population, service providers, and the community at-large, this strategy was always intended to be the first step in a short-term plan, and is now being restructured.  Here's why:

  • Since September, the population has grown to over 400 people, including approximately 17 children
  • Calls for police and fire service have gradually increased at the park
  • Public health concerns related to hygiene and weather
  • Current camping location at Beard Brook Park is on a slope and is subject to rain runoff
  • Fire-related and air quality concerns

I'm pleased to announce a package of efforts underway to start a new chapter in providing for the homeless.  With Stanislaus County as a critical partner in this endeavor, next week begins a new series of actions aimed at tackling homelessness head-on.  Together, we're bringing the homeless issue from the backyard to the front yard.  

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