Powell Street Underpass Homeless Encampment Cleared by City Crews

Published On February 19, 2021 | By Rob Arias | Homelessness, News & Commentary

The growing homeless encampment under the Powell Street underpass was cleared by City of Emeryville crews and contractors today. The number of tents had slowly grown to at least four tents and refuse had been steadily piling up.

A hazardous material response team was deployed to help clear paraphernalia and human waste and city employees were busy power-washing the sidewalk path. Several Emeryville Police officers were on hand to divert the public.

An Emeryville Public Works truck could be seen piled with shopping carts, wood pallets and other debris.

“The location was posted on Tuesday with notice that the area would be cleaned of accumulated debris on Friday,” noted City Manager Christine Daniel when contacted.

“The City’s outreach provider, Operation Dignity, has been engaging with the unhoused individuals at this location and offering services to them, and will continue to do so.”

Operation Dignity’s offices are located on San Pablo Avenue in Emeryville and have been working with vulnerable populations since 1993.

Daniels noted that if the displaced individuals had questions about any items that were removed, they could contact the City’s Public Works Department directly or through an Operation Dignity case worker.

One of the occupants of the camp merely moved across Powell to the other side of the underpass.


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All Photos: Cindy Warner

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is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

2 Responses to Powell Street Underpass Homeless Encampment Cleared by City Crews

  1. Anonymous says:

    but nary an effort at the old nady encampment (just off the freeway exit)

  2. Jay says:

    Glad to see this cleaned up. Turing a blind eye to these toxic waste sites is unacceptable and not how a society should function in the 1st world. Look what has happened to freeway on/off ramps in Berkeley (Gilman & University) where Caltrans regularly removes tons of trash 🤯

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