Homeless and Climate Refugees

 

There is no compassion in destroying camps without first designating an official / sanctioned camp. There is also no compassion in letting the homeless trash the city and intimidate citizens in the commons.

Many of the homeless are customers at our bike shop. They are not a homogeneous group. Some stay in shelters, some in the woods, some on the streets. Some wrestle with sanity, some are saner than me. Some are peaceful, some, belligerent. The reasons for their homelessness are extremely varied.

Much is made of the need for proximity to services. Many of the homeless are veterans. Brings to mind the foolish selection of Brownsboro Rd for the new VAHospital.

As more climate refugees are created within and beyond the borders the USA, this question of affordable housing and homelessness is going to become much bigger. Louisville must do everything possible to slow climate change and prepare for it.

Images above are of tent at E. Market & Hancock Street. No Trespassing signs around the corner urges ‘campers’ to contact the Coalition for the Homeless. With the pressures already on the Coalition, is Metro sending the ‘campers’ on a goose chase? passing the buck? Both tent and signs are in the shadows of NULU and UofL Nucleus. Yes, we need more affordable housing, but Metro should also establish an official ‘camp ground’ for the homeless who cannot find or do not want Coalition or other indoor shelter.

 


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