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"Camp 83" Gets Housing
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March 7, 2013
When the people who live at the homeless encampment under Baltimore’s Jones Fall Expressway, near Our Daily Bread, got word of the impending eviction, they got a postponement, they went to City Hall. Now, they’re getting a roof over their heads thanks to two locals who took the matter into their own hands. WYPR’s Mary Rose Madden has more.
Ten people already had found shelter when Lolita Chase and Christina Flowers, local community advocates, stepped in to find a house for the six people left without shelter. Last night, they were helping folks get organized to move out. And then, they said, they were going over to the house on East 28th Street to put a fresh coat of paint on it.
“We got heat, running water, but not much else. We’re putting our needs out there.”
Flowers said they’re asking anyone who can help to donate whatever household goods they can.
“We gotta make it work until our city leaders step up and take care.”
Flowers said she and Chase “pushed the panic button,” and went into action mode when they heard about the eviction.
I’m Mary Rose Madden, reporting for 88-1, WYPR.
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