By Jeff DeLong • email@example.com • January 10, 2009
Crews on Friday dismantled a makeshift encampment set up outside
Reno’s homeless shelter on Record Street, leading to complaints by
some living there that they now have no place to go.
Beginning about 8 a.m., city workers removed tents, sleeping bags,
tarps, slabs of cardboard and other items to be hauled away by dump
“I think it’s horrendous,” said Mike Kavanagh, who had been sleeping
at the camp for the past 10 days.
“They just don’t care,” said Kavanagh, 53. “People will have to walk
“We’re cleaning it up, and that’s about it,” Reno Police Sgt. Ray Leal
said as he watched workers dismantle the camp.
Fewer than 10 people slept overnight there Thursday, said Jodi
Royal-Goodwin, Reno’s community reinvestment manager.
“A lot of people were just using it as storage,” she said.
The site is at the same location as a larger “tent city” set up for
the homeless over the summer. The tent city had at one point as many as 160 people living there. The city officially closed the site in
October, but clusters of homeless have continued to sleep there, even
with the arrival of freezing winter temperatures.
City officials posted signs in the area Tuesday warning that all
belongings must be removed by Friday or would be discarded,
Royal-Goodwin said. Camping in the area will no longer be allowed.
The move was necessary because construction of a new day area for the homeless will soon commence at that location and because of unsanitary conditions, Royal-Goodwin said.
Some beds were available at the nearby shelters, she said.
That availability is sharply limited, however. The 158-bed facility
for men was full Friday, while there were 15 openings in the 50-bed
women’s facility, said Christie Holderegger of Volunteers of America,
which operates the Record Street homeless complex. A facility with
apartments for 21 families was expected to be full by today, though
there were two openings for pregnant women or single women with
infants or toddlers, Holderegger said.
The 60-bed men’s shelter at the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission has also
been filling nightly.
“There are people who will be turned away this evening,” a mission
worker said Friday.
Some of those displaced by the camp’s closure said they are now in a tough spot.
Kari Hartman and her husband Donald Morey, both 44, lived in the tent
city over much of the summer and then left. They returned to the
smaller camp a couple of weeks ago after Morey lost his latest job,
The couple said they opted to stay at the camp rather than in the
shelters because they would have to sleep separated.
“We had our little camp set up right here,” Hartman said. “We just
don’t want to be separated.”
Hartman said she had no idea where the couple would go Friday night.
“It’s all up in the air,” she said. “If you go to the river, you get
arrested. You go to the parks, you get arrested. They don’t want you
“We have no where to go,” Hartman said. ” If we had somewhere to go, we’d be there.”
Elizabeth Dorway, chairwoman of the Reno Area Alliance for the
Homeless, criticized the camp’s closure.
“I just feel this is a safe place for people to be,” Dorway said,
adding that those who stayed there will now probably be “dispersed”
around the city.
“It may have been unsightly, but the people are the real concern,”
Dorway said. “Where are these people going to go now?”
AND A DISCUSSION ON ABOVE TOP SECRET:
reply posted on 10-1-2009 @ 10:03 AM by projectvxn
I heard of this first through a friend who frequents St. Vincents for
breakfast every morning. He is homeless. Police actually denied access
to those wanting to claim their property before they took it away in
trucks, in effect depriving of property without due process. Reno gets
below freezing temps at night, and it is an arrestable offense to set
up a tent, sleep in your car, or seek shelter in any way. Most of the
people who are homeless in Northern Nevada are families with children
who have succumb to the current economic crisis. The police have been arresting people, taking and destroying their personal property
without probable cause, due process, or any other legal precedent.
My friend(Who shall remain anonymous) took me down there to see for
myself the hardships faced. I have been homeless in Nevada, and I’ll
tell you, it has gotten worse, not better for those just barely trying
The police, according to my source, and my own experience at St.
Vincent’s, told us that the new stadium was going up and that they
“Did not want to have to look at a bunch of dirty bums”. What they
said to the news media, was obviously not reflected in the article.
But it is what they told us, verbatim.