Council Member Briere gave a shout-out to us at council last night for the Maiden Lane bridge clean-up project we accomplished last weekend. Our team removed refuse from a camp site that was shut down this spring. This project was taken on as a result of Council Member Briere calling Brian Durrance to let him know that residents were asking about whether a cleanup is planned or not. After talking it over, for a day or so we came up with a plan to get this first site cleared. We are hatching a plan for another site that is closer to E. Medical Center Drive, in the near future.
The slide show above shows some pictures of our team in action. As Briere mentioned tonight during her "Communications from Council" remarks, we [MISSION] are happy to help out, but our resources are minimal. As an organization, not only do we have operating costs, but also, we have a mortgage and we pay property taxes to the city. We hope, in the future, to collaborate directly with the city to help remove refuse from abandoned and current camp sites alike. If containers we placed at strategic locations, for example, we could have our team[s] fill them up the night before pickup.
Let's please not forget that while we have been successful in housing many people, there are many more who are out there and who still need our support. We can and should continue to build a robust continuum-of-care that helps house as many people as we can, while reducing the harm to those relegated to living outside.