Fear of crime, Hepatitis A as homeless camp opens

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Dozens of Golden Hill residents who fear increased crime and exposure to Hepatitis A, with the addition of the city-sponsored homeless camp on 21st and B Streets, voiced concerns and asked questions to City Councilmember Chris Ward at a neighborhood meeting Wednesday night. 

“The whole community has just become, over the years, a nicer place to live and to have this large influx of hepatitis and homeless people moving in directly across the street,” said Zac Buddenberg of Golden Hill.

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Buddenberg lives near the entrance to the camp.

“I just want to make sure that the city’s taking care of my house and my personal property and safety as well as the homeless,” Buddenberg said.

Buddenberg said he feels a bit better knowing the campground is temporary and there is 24-hour security.

“Still, it doesn’t make me feel happy about having it there,” Buddenberg said.

The Mayor’s office has said the campground will stay open until one, or more, of three planned homeless shelters open in a few months.

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