Thousands in San Jose are sleeping on the street, and the city has proposed temporary ‘tiny homes’ to help. But residents say: not in my backyard

Chants of “build a wall” rang through the meeting room in the Silicon Valley city of San Jose. But this was not a call for a barrier along the Mexican border – it was a cry to exclude homeless people.

At the gathering convened by a city councilmember last week, several hundred locals met to discuss a controversial plan to build emergency shelters in the affluent city, and get a handle on the homelessness emergency roiling it.

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