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Louisville To Evict Hundreds Of Unsheltered Residents From Downtown Encampments

J. Tyler Franklin

Louisville officials posted eviction notices at several downtown tent communities Tuesday morning. People living along Jackson, Jefferson, Preston, Main, Market, Hancock and Liberty Streets will have to gather their belongings and relocate before the morning of Wednesday, October 6.

In a press release, city officials said the camps pose health and safety risks to people living there and in the surrounding communities. This action comes about a month after officials picked up assessments and clearings of camps across town, as part of what they said would be a multi-phase effort to transition people to more stable housing.

An outreach service provider said the six-to-eight block area is home to about 200 residents and is part of what is known as the broader “Wayside” unsheltered encampment. The tent communities are near the Wayside Christian Mission shelter.

The city said it partnered with The Healing Place, a recovery center and shelter, to provide 12 beds and four peer support workers, and with Seven Counties Services to offer two more support staffers and services like mental health and substance abuse assistance.

The city said it’s also expanded an existing partnership with social services nonprofit Wellspring to offer additional support and outreach.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns against clearing homeless encampments during the pandemic when individual housing options aren’t available, which is the case right now in Louisville. Housing advocates also raised concerns this summer about the evictions posing risks to public health.

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