STOCKTON — Demonstrators called for change outside Stockton City Hall on Tuesday and participated in what’s been called a peaceful homeless protest.
Nancy Lamb, a homeless advocate and founder of Stockton 209 Cares. organized the protest.
“We need detoxes, we need shelters that … more shelters that allow children over the age of 12 — boys specifically. We need shelters that allow animals. We have several homeless that would love to go to a shelter but they can’t because they have their animals,” Lamb said.
She said she’s tired of excuses from the city of Stockton — she’s looking for solutions.
“City council has made promises that they were going to bring out porta potties, showers, dumpsters. They have not fulfilled that promise,” she said.
A Stockton city spokesperson told FOX40 the city, along with San Joaquin County officials, is working toward addressing the issues.
Lamb also criticized the city and Caltrans for how they clean homeless encampments.
“Caltrans says that they hold their property for 30 days, in fact they do not. They are taking their medication, their sleeping bags, their tents,” Lamb said.
Caltrans told FOX40 they give at least a 72-hour notice to homeless living at the encampments before doing a sweep, and if there is unclaimed property, they usually keep the items in a warehouse for about a month until they’re claimed by their owner.