This week SWEEPS started on Tuesday 5/18/21 on Colfax and Corona with approximately 15 people being traumatically displaced. Many of which moved two blocks over to 12th and Corona which was SWEPT on Wednesday 5/19/21.
On Wednesday, there was a female camp resident who had a brown recluse spider bite (it had already gone septic 3 times!). EMTs dressed her wound and she refused transport for fear of the city trashing all of her stuff. MDHI offered shelter at the Elati women’s shelter (the one that is closing) and then a motel voucher at the Rodeway. In order to use those resources, she would have to ditch all of her things and her partner. What would you choose? She remains on the streets, after having her tent trashed by DOTI and EHS. Another resident, a young male is a victim of identity theft. He doesn’t know where to begin in resolving that. He told me that he eats out of the garbage because he can’t even receive food stamps. DPD asked DHOL if we knew of a way to help him….Where are these services the city claims to offer? Approximately 10 people were traumatically displaced.
On Thursday 5/20/21 the camp at 2nd and Broadway was SWEPT. Many of these folks were SWEPT at 4th and Broadway on 5/5. Approximately 12 people were traumatically displaced. DOTI and EHS began trashing peoples belongings at 4:30am!!! Many from this camp relocated back on 4th and Broadway. SWEEPS don’t solve homelessness! Homelessness ends with housing. Until we can procure enough affordable, safe and accessible housing we need to plan for our unhoused! It is irresponsible not to! We march onward towards Rights, Dignity, Housing….