Time running out for residents of San Jose's Hope Village homeless tent city

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Imagine packing everything you own - in a hurry -- from the only place that's felt like home in years.

Kelly B. and Colleen Guest are emotional at the thought of leaving.

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"We're all pretty sad. I'm very thankful that we have a place to go for now and that a lot of us are together," Kelly B said.



The reason the tent city is forced to close is because the FAA sent San Jose a letter saying this area is unfit for residential use because of the airplane noise.

The city promised to look for another lot for the village. But neither the city of San Jose nor Santa Clara County has been able to secure land to relocate it. The county has given the camp residents motel vouchers for 30 days.

Peter Miron-Conk is the village founder. "The city and county never followed through on their commitment to find another location. We are convinced the staff did that deliberately."

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Many are angry about this situation. Others admit they're scared. "It saved me, you know. I don't know where I'm going to be next... I'm not a strong street person," said Colleen Guest.

Aside from this place being locked and secure, there were amenities residents were used to having since moving in back in September -- showers, a kitchen and regular trash pickup.

Now it's time to move to one of the two motels the city is offering for temporary housing.

After the 30 days at the motel are up, just about everyone that once lived in the tent city expect to return to the streets.

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