Louisville to wipe out biggest homeless sites on Wednesday
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – City crews will begin cleaning up several large homeless camps on Wednesday. This happens after a 21-day “cleansing” notice was posted in September.
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- Homeless camps given 21 days notice
- Resource groups help homeless people prepare for cleanup
- City shelters say they have room for additional guests
- City plans to operate its own homeless campsite
Nina Moseley is the executive director of the Wayside Christian Mission, located next to Louisville’s largest homeless camp. Moseley said for weeks now his organizations and others, including city staff, have been working with homeless residents to prepare them for the cleanup and put them on the path to more stable housing.
“We’re trying to make it as easy as possible for people to get into this shelter,” Moseley said.
The Wayside Christian Mission is an emergency shelter, clinic and route for homeless residents to secure stable housing.
“We are committed to welcoming anyone who wishes to enter as long as there is no legal reason for them not to be able to enter,” Moseley added.
Every night, 150 to 200 people can sleep outside, according to Moseley. She and the city have been closely monitoring the number of people left out and the number of extra beds in shelters.
“The city has gone to great lengths for this, as well as the shelters and outreach workers. The aim is to help all who come in, under one roof, so that we can work with them while they wait for a housing, ”she said. .
At the same time, Louisville plans to operate its own homeless campsite, with the help of several nonprofits. Moseley said Wayside has submitted a proposal to provide the meal service. During the pandemic, Wayside launched a mobile meal service.
“And we are more than happy to provide food for the people who will be using the campsite as well as transportation and respite services,” she added.