Today marks the last day for the homeless to camp out in both the Black Rascal Creek and Bear Creek encampments.
Beginning Wednesday, the city of Merced will start enforcing the no-camping ordinance at two of the city's homeless camps.
This comes weeks after protests by UC Merced students and other city officials saying there's no concrete plan for where the homeless should go after they are forced to leave.
One of the eviction plan's opponents, Councilman Bill Blake, said he thought the plan was a bad idea because it will be impossible to enforce. The eviction will spread the homeless across the city because they will have no place to go, he said. "Every action there is going to be a reaction," he said at the last City Council meeting. He said there needed to be a plan that could take the people and find them a home and find a place to live.
Mike Conway, city spokesman, said Wednesday "one of the things we are going to be doing is having a group of service providers that day, and there are a number of people who have been out to the camps already."
Conway said there will be 23 different people from seven or eight different groups including the Community Action Agency and mental and public health services out there.
-- Ameera Butt