Tuesday Sept. 1, 2015
I learned of some homeless men living in a wooded plot of land owned by the city of Elkhart during the public input portion of a city council meeting.
Curiousity piqued, I paid a visit, accompanied by one of the city council members who had followed up on the report. There, I met a pair of homeless men living in a clearing in the forest, right in the middle of the city, and wrote a story. I’d heard of homeless people living in forests in the area, did a series of stories on a group of such men a few years back in Goshen.
This was the first time I saw a homeless campsite, though. The man I spoke to, Steve Noble, offered insights into homelessness, an issue that doesn’t get a great deal of attention here. He’s an alcoholic, he says, and part of the draw of living in the woods is not having to worry about rules at homeless shelters.