Sunday Sept. 4, 2016
The controversy over a homeless encampment in a wooded area on city-owned property came to an uneventful conclusion with the peaceful departure of the contingent last Wednesday.
I first wrote about the issue in June after Mayor Tim Neese offered jobs to some of the homeless, hoping to prod them off the land into homes, finding three takers. The city had announced plans to clear a portion of the property and wanted the homeless to leave.
- “Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese offers jobs, hope to homeless living in the woods,” June 13, 2016
- “Elkhart homeless encampment offers camaraderie, but life can be tough,” June 13, 2016
I tracked back to see if the three were still working for the city. Turns out they weren’t, I couldn’t find them:
- “Elkhart’s efforts to employ homeless fizzle, but city leaders still hope to help Tent City residents transition,” Aug. 29, 2016
Meantime, the deadline loomed for others still living there to leave, Aug. 31, and that turned into the focus of coverage last week by fellow Elkhart Truth reporter Ben Quiggle and I. I wrote this:
- “Elkhart mayor, others reach out to homeless in Tent City ahead of Wednesday deadline,” Aug. 30, 2016
Ben handled the main departure day story (here). Neese and homeless advocates found those who were still there places to stay and things ended happily ever after, momentarily, anyway.
I wrote another story last year (here) about a homeless man who was living in the encampment, called Tent City.