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4 ways you can approach the homeless encampment issue in your area

4 ways you can approach the homeless encampment issue in your area

The homeless encampment issue has increased due to multiple factors that include misguided politics, economic struggle, mental health conditions, and the lack of opportunities for people who are also struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.


As homeless encampments are seen more often in parks and public spaces in the Southern California area, it's normal for people to feel concerned about what to do and who to turn to in case of emergencies. It's important to stay informed about what is happening around the homeless encampment issue in your community or neighborhood.

Bio-One of Oceanside's certified technicians are trained to clean up homeless encampments throughout North San Diego County and Southern California. Removing trash and biohazardous waste such as fecal matter, blood, urine, hypodermic needles, and objects should be done by professionals to guarantee the safety of the local community as well as law enforcement and emergency responders.

Image shows furniture and other items found in a homeless encampment.

We are sharing four ways you can approach the homeless encampment issue in your area as an information resource if you're dealing with this delicate issue in your area.

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Homelessness - What does it mean?


By definition, a homeless person is someone who lives without a permanent dwelling. They can live alone or be a part of a homeless encampment, a location where many people live in unsheltered areas. These makeshift structures can be found in public spaces such as avenues, streets, sidewalks, parks, subways, under bridges, and even on the beach


Homeless encampments can also be found on abandoned buildings, private properties, and areas owned by the local, state, or federal government.


A homeless encampment is often the only option for someone experiencing homelessness. It's not a choice but the last resort to provide some stability and security. The people who live in these encampments are vulnerable to many dangers, such as violence, exposure to the elements, mental and physical health risks, and multiple biohazards.


To help those living in homeless encampments, it's important first to understand the root causes of homelessness. Once the root causes are identified, we can better address the issue and find long-term solutions.

What you can do to help the homeless


There are many ways to help the homeless population in your community. Here are some things you can do to make a difference and, hopefully, contribute to a more effective solution for unhoused residents:


  1. Be politically active

  2. Volunteer with Organizations that provide a solution for the homeless

  3. Volunteer with Church Organizations

  4. Contact your State Representative and local law enforcement 

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Be politically active


The homeless encampment issue is a hot topic right now. If you want to help the community with the social issue that is homelessness, start by getting politically active: know who your city crews, local legislators, and politicians are, learn how to get in touch with them and participate in a cause that resonates with what you're trying to accomplish.


Article tagged: 25 ways to be politically active (whether you lean left or right) - by CNN Politics.


Volunteer with Organizations that provide a solution for the homeless


By January 2020, 580.466 Americans were experiencing homelessness, according to data published by the National Alliance to End Homelessness


Drug addiction, mental health conditions, adverse circumstances, poverty, chronic unemployment, economic hardships… We discuss the health effects of homeless encampments while recognizing that people struggling with homelessness are not there for the same reasons.

Homelessness is an issue that deserves a real, effective solution because it affects the community as a whole at the end of the day.  If you're looking to volunteer for an organization that provides a real homelessness solution, we recommend Solutions for Change with a community-based approach. 


Founded in 1999, Solutions for Change has a clear mission: "To solve Family Homelessness- One family, one community at a time." Learn more about Solutions for Change's work by clicking here and how to volunteer now.

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Volunteer with Church Organizations


People living in homeless encampments struggle with hygiene, health problems, hunger, and other issues that others may take for granted. Organizations, like the San Diego Rescue Mission, help homeless people with basic needs and provide them with the support they need to change their lives. 


Volunteer with a church in your area to help homeless people with food, clothing, and other necessities. Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated.

Learn more about San Diego Rescue Mission's work by clicking here and how to get involved to help. 


Contact your State Representative and local law enforcement 


The unsanitary conditions in which homeless encampments are built typically result in multiple health and safety issues like disease outbreaks and the risk of biohazard contamination due to drug and alcohol abuse. 


While the City of Oceanside stated that the 9th Circuit's landmark 2019 "Boise Decision" has limited the Police Department's ability to enforce the Code prohibition camping on public property and other limitations, emergencies, and illegal activities still should be reported to the Police Department at 911.


Learn about what the City of Oceanside is doing to help solve homelessness in Oceanside and what you can do to get involved and help solve the problem.

Image shows improvised stove/grill outdoors in a homeless encampment.

Homeless Encampment Cleanup - Bio-One can help you


Homeless encampments often contain blood, feces and urine, pests, alcohol bottles, sharp needles, and other biohazardous waste and trash that only professionals should clean and remediate. Bio-One of Oceanside works with local law enforcement, public service agencies, non-profit organizations, and property managers to have any homeless encampments clean, disinfected, and decontaminated.



Bio-One of Oceanside is the  #1 Disinfection, Sanitation, and Decontamination Company in North San Diego County, providing professional, industry standards services in all kinds of extreme scenarios:

Cleaning and recovery services


  • Crime scene cleanup services

  • Trauma scene cleanup services

  • Blood and biohazard cleanup services

  • Undiscovered or unattended death cleanup services

  • Homicide/Suicide cleanup services

  • Feces and bodily fluids cleanup services

  • Mold remediation services

  • Water remediation services

  • Emergency vehicle decontamination services

  • Medical waste disposal services

  • Tear gas cleanup services

  • Sewage backup cleanup services

Hoarding cleanup services


  • Hoarding cleanup

  • Animal hoarding cleanup

  • Gross filth cleanup

  • Deep clean

  • Junk removal

  • Homeless encampment clean-out

  • Hazardous waste disposal

  • Nicotine stain/odor removal

  • Odor removal

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Bio-One of Oceanside arrives on the scene to respond quickly and assist victims when a traumatic event occurs. We partner with local law enforcement, emergency responders, victim advocate groups, hoarding task forces, apartment communities, insurance companies, and other organizations to provide the most efficient and superior service possible.  


We have been an independently owned and operated business since August of 2020 to help our community through difficult and unexpected situations.  


Our certified technicians are caring, compassionate, and discreet, and we are ready to help you in your most significant time of need.

We are proudly serving North San Diego and surrounding communities! 


As Southern California Rental Housing Association members and the Carlsbad, Oceanside, and Vista Chambers of Commerce,  Bio-One is proud to serve all of San Diego County and surrounding communities: Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, Fallbrook, Escondido, San Marcos, and Bonsall.


We also serve the Southern Orange County cities: San Clemente, Dana Point, Rancho Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Ladera Ranch, San Juan Capistrano, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Woods, Laguna Beach, Lake Forest, Rancho Santa Margarita, Irvine, and Costa Mesa.

Our homeless encampment cleanup services are available 24/7, 365 days a year. Give us a call at 760-429-0729.

Published by:

Rafael Alemán.

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