In the future, groups like AIM would like to see more yurts on private and city property as a solution to the area's growing housing problem. "When you're homeless, sometimes the thing you need to live is a safe space to be. Sometimes the thing you need to improve your life is a first step," said Helgerson. "This is the first step." Right now, there are just three Duluth property owners who've allowed construction of a yurt for the program, one in the Endion neighborhood, as well as one in East Hillside and another near the mall. The people selected to live in the yurts are required to complete community service during their stay. As it stands now, yurts are not allowed to be built on city property in Duluth.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Along Sevenmile Creek in South Nashville is what's left of a homeless encampment and all the belongings its residents had. Two people lost their lives there Saturday night and advocates say it could have been prevented.
Past encampment closures have been controversial and have attracted protesters. The city told 2News last week the two camps set for closure have grown too large and are unsafe.
CHICO, Calif. - The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Caltrans cleared out a homeless camp Tuesday along Highway 32 and Highway 99. Some of the homeless expressed they were scared to leave the area. “We have to be out of here and vacate immediately,” a Chico community member who did not want to be identified said. After receiving a 72-hour notice last Thursday, those living in this area were expected to be packed up and moved out by 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.