Homeless People Found Living in Furnished Caves in California

Written by Robert J. Matthews

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Over the weekend, Modesto, Calif., police found homeless persons in caverns along the Tuolumne River, some of which were supplied.

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Modesto police and Operation 9-2-99 and Tuolumne River Trust volunteers cleared 7,600 pounds of trash from the 20-foot-deep region, accessible by homemade stairs dug into the hillside. 

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The trash filled two trucks and a trailer. CBS Sacramento reported recovering bedding, possessions, food, a makeshift mantel, drugs, and guns.

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Operation 9-2-99 coordinator Chris Guptill told the local TV station, "We had a hard time figuring out how they got that much gear down in there, considering how hard it was to get it up the slope and out 

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The discovery comes amid California's expanding homelessness epidemic. Los Angeles has seen an 80% surge in homelessness since 2015.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recorded a 12% increase in homelessness in 2023, reaching its highest level.

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Covid-19 pandemic assistance programs increased the population to 580,000 in 2020 and kept them constant.

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Over half of the homeless lived in California, New York, Florida, and Washington. California has 28% of the homeless. 

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