Baltimore City Evicting Homeless Camp

Posted By Urban News Hour | February 20, 2013

Baltimore, MD – More than a dozen of the city’s homeless walked from their camp to City Hall hoping to reverse an eviction notice.

Hundreds of the city’s homeless have lived at Camp 83, an encampment nestled between I-83 and Central Booking. The city now has plans to shut it down March 8.

The 16 residents of the camp are now worried they will have nowhere to go.

Venus Wiles says shelters are not an option. “I was in a shelter before – I was sexually harassed. I don’t think I have to sleep with anybody just to get a free bed or a safe place to sleep,” said Wiles.

But Bonnie Lake, an activist, insists there are other options. “We have 47,000 vacant houses, we have places we can put people,” said Lake.

The residents of the camp hand delivered a letter to City Hall today asking for help. Until then, Camp 83 is expecting the worst. “Our worst fear is that they are going to come on March 8th and throw our tents, blankets and all of our belongings away,” said Wiles.

The mayor’s office released the following statement, “We can’t allow people to live in an unsafe improvised encampment. The Office of Homeless Services will reach out and work with each individual to connect them with the services they need to live independently and off the streets.

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