GILROY — This week was a street week for Aida Barron.
The 58-year-old South County native parked her 1979 Dodge Beaver recreational vehicle on a commercial cul-de-sac near the Gilroy Walmart, a ritual she does every fourth week when she needs to vacate the San Benito Thousand Trails RV park — a requirement in their bylaws.
That means that every fourth week she’s technically homeless, one of hundreds of people living in RVs in the South Bay who were counted in this year’s annual homeless census. The results, released last week, showed a huge increase in some areas, notably in cities south and north of the county’s homeless population center of San Jose. And officials and advocates said many are living out of recreational vehicles on city streets.
“There’s definitely a trend of people living in RVs because there’s just no affordable housing available,” said Dee Pearse, director of the Gilroy Compassion Center. “Waiting lists for low-income housing are three to five years long. People are opting to buy these older RVs and live in them for shelter.”