Message from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page Friday:
Yesterday, special services deputies from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office were joined by representatives of the Eureka Police Department CSET, California Department of Fish and Wildlife ,Humboldt County DHHS – Behavioral and home health program, and Open-door community health centers, to raise awareness among homeless people in an intrusion camp in Manila.
The camp, located in a greenbelt off New Navy Base Road overlooking the bay, was established on private property without the owners’ consent. At the camp, the outreach team met with more than half a dozen occupants to put them in touch with resources for housing, food, medical and mental health care. Campers were also offered a COVID-19 vaccine and some were even vaccinated during awareness. The people were made aware of their trespassing status and were encouraged to seek refuge elsewhere to avoid future criminal prosecution.
On site, law enforcement documented the numerous environmental and county code violations observed at the site and did not display any intrusion signs. The documentation will be used for future lawsuits if people refuse to seek housing services and continue to break into the property.
We know there are no easy solutions when it comes to roaming. However, our office is working closely with our community partners to find ways to help the homeless in our county by prioritizing social services over criminal law enforcement. We strive to put people in touch with the right resources, giving them every chance to choose a better situation before taking criminal action.
If there is an area of our county that you would like our assistants to visit for outreach and enforcement purposes, please complete our online advice form: https://humboldtgov.org/…/Sheriffs-Crime-Tip-Form-114