For a year now, people experiencing homelessness in Wheeling have been directed by city employees to the East Wheeling hillside to seek shelter. They were shocked on September 29 when those same city employees came, with four police officers, to serve them an eviction notice
Now, instead of working on their health, wellness, or financial situations, dozens of residents are scrambling to figure out what comes next. They have no where to go, and the Winter Freeze shelter doesn’t open until December 15th. Even if they sought out a shelter bed, there are not enough beds for even half the people experiencing homelessness in Wheeling.
Doug, Natasha, Misty, and Aubrey share their reaction to the eviction and potential urban camping ban. Kate Marshall of the House of Hagar speaks about the burden for service providers trying to support vulnerable people during this time.
A companion article and transcript of this podcast will be posted at a later date. Due to the urgency of this story, the podcast is being posted now.
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