In the first few minutes before the plane landed at San Jose International Airport, passengers could see the ground from a few dozen meters above the air: shrubbery, irregularly parked RVs and tents, and piles of trash. Rodriguez, who drove the motorhome here a few months ago, said nearly a hundred people are estimated to be living nearby. At the end of November, they faced the prospect of moving. Rodriguez said police informed her that all vehicles had to be driven within four or five days.
“We didn’t do anything wrong, didn’t disturb anyone, and didn’t do anything to embarrass them. Rodriguez said: “We just want to survive. ”
Low-flying planes cross Rodriguez’s head every day and land in a place that has created countless technological wonders.
Rodriguez said the passengers who came to Silicon Valley and looked over from the air had to know what was going on here.
The Santa Clara County 2019 Homeless Population Survey shows that the county’s homeless population has increased by 31 percent since 2017 and is currently about 9,706. Eighteen per cent of respondents lived in cars, a significant increase from previous years.
Two years ago, Marvin and his family moved into a motorhome parked on the side of Cristento Road in Mountain View after they couldn’t afford the rent.
Marvin, 27, works at Wal-Mart and lives in a motorhome with his mother, sister, brother and sister’s 4-year-old daughter. The small-space carriage was crammed into three beds and a sofa by the owner. Through the cab window, four-year-old Emily looked out of the window at the stranger.
The RV charges only $500 a month for a two-bedroom apartment around it, which has reached nearly $4,000 a month. According to an April 2018 report by Silicon Valley Rising, rents in Mountain View have risen by 50 percent since 2010, and “unaffordable rents have pushed Mountain View workers into the motorhomes that now fill the streets.” ”
“We can save more money, and when we get well in the future, we can move back to our apartment and Kaymillie can go to kindergarten,” Marvin said. ”
On the grass of Eagle Park, a 5-minute drive from Marvin, local children of the same age as Camille swing in the sunset, laughing. A hundred meters away, on the windows of several motorhomes on the side of the road, there are notes of rental.
Google’s 45,000-employee headquarters in the area is just two miles from the park, and critics say the tech giant’s huge workforce and high pay are exacerbating rising rents and housing shortages in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Google and tech giants such as Facebook and Apple are being urged to take responsibility for their impact on rents and house prices. In June, Google announced it would invest $1 billion to develop affordable housing and address homelessness in the region.
But there are others who choose to drive home, mainly because they don’t want to suffer from commuting.
“I only stay here on weekdays. Andrew chatted with reporters as he cleaned the trailer parked near Stanford University.
The plumber has been working on a construction site at Stanford University for the past few years, sleeping in trailers on weekdays and six hours on weekends to reunite with his wife and children in Sacramento, where the rent is cheaper. Andrew, a friend of the construction worker, also lives in a motorhome. “It’s easy to find a job, but it’s hard to find a place to live,” he said. ”
On the side of the road, Andrew was parked with dozens of rvs, lorries and cars of varying sizes. Some motorhomes are already rusty, and the decorations on the windows and the potted plants hanging from the mirror sit on them indicate that the long-lived homeowner is a life-loving person.
Some tried to stay, some one left with determination.
Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, Angelito, who has been a Las Vegas-based taxi driver for five years and was on his way to the airport, said San Francisco’s high spending made it impossible for him to raise four children. But in Las Vegas, he can rent a two-bedroom for just $800.
According to the U.S. Census, Californians like Angelito, who move to Nevada, have more than 50,000 in the year from July 2017 to July 2018 alone.