The last residents of a tent city that set roots under the highway overpass on and nearby Division between 9th and 15th Streets have been removed by city workers. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Department of Public Works crews began at 4:30 this morning, with about 50 workers clearing the the sidewalks, picking up garbage, and power washing and disinfecting the pavement.
San Francisco crews are not negotiating w/the homeless around Division St. anymore. Today is clear out day. pic.twitter.com/UO8eaiFYb1— Amy Hollyfield (@amyhollyfield) March 1, 2016
A woman packs her belongings into a cart ahead of DPW sweeps along Division and surrounding area. pic.twitter.com/LtEFo8i1Gl— Kale Williams (@sfkale) March 1, 2016
Some tent residents told ABC 7 News this morning that they thought the city order was a "bluff" after a deadline to vacate the area within 72 hours came and went. Several of those residents told a Curbed SF reporter that they intended to move to nearby streets. A visit to the area on Sunday night showed that many people were following that plan. KTVU News reported that the sweeps extended to some neighboring areas.
The homeless are packing up around Division St as San Francisco public works enforces an order to evacuate. pic.twitter.com/1kjCdOy5fs— Amy Hollyfield (@amyhollyfield) March 1, 2016
ABC 7 News reports that there were no arrests during the actions and that city outreach workers have been on hand to try and direct people to shelters. The tent encampments became popular in the area partly due to the shelter provided by the freeway. The weather forecast calls for heavy rain starting at the end of the week.