Every day, the City of Lynwood’s residents, business owners, workers and visitors witness a human tragedy – homeless encampments along the freeways.
Our City has worked hard to reduce homelessness within our City limits with dedicated staff willing and able to provide social services to anyone in need. Unfortunately, they are prohibited from helping those living in encampments on CalTrans property.
Lynwood’s situation is unique. We have two freeways – the 710 and the 105 that cross through its City limits as well as several underpasses and three on/off ramps. Unfortunately, these are areas that attract homeless individuals, the items they bring with them and the debris they produce. These areas are off-limits to the City of Lynwood Public Works, Public Safety crews and social service providers.
CalTrans, homelessness may not affect you. But it does affect those who live in these encampments as it is inhumane to have people living in tent cities. It also affects the students and residents who need to pass by your properties to get to school, work or go about their daily lives.
CalTrans, let us help you help them. We’re here. We have staff who could provide social services. We have staff who can help keep these areas clean.
We can’t go on like this.