Concerns raised over homeless camps during cold weather

WMUR
November 14, 2019
Kristen Carosa

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ABLE TO PUT IT OUT BEFORE IT SPREAD MANCHESTER FIREFIGHTERS WERE IN LIVINGSTON PARK THURSDAY RESPONDING TO A FIRE STARTED BY A HOMELESS MAN THEY SAY WAS COOKING BREAKFAS WE BROUGHT SOME OTHER AGENCIES APPEAR TO ASSIST MAINLY THE HELP APARTMENT. >> HEALTH OFFICIALS REMOVED NEEDLES NEAR HIS CAMPSITE. WHERE OF COURSE CONCERNED FOR THE PERSON WHO IS OUT IN THE COLD AND HOMELESS WE ALSO CONCERNED FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC. IT MANY OF THESE CAMPSITES ARE NOT SAFE. >> AND THERE ARE MORE CAMPSITES, BECAUSE THE HOMELESS SHELTER IN MANCHESTER IS AT CAPACITY MOST NIGHTS >> THE BIGGEST CONCERN IS THAT PEOPLE WILL DIE OUTSIDE ON THE STREETS ON THE COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR. >> MANCHESTER COALITION TO END HOMELESSNESS, TO RAISE AWARENESS IN AND AROUND THE CITY. >> THE LEFT OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS THE REAL DRIVER HERE. WE HAVE PEOPLE IN THE SHELTER WHO WOULD BE ABLE TO GET OUT OF THE SHELTER IF THEY WERE ABLE TO FIND AFFORDABLE HOUSING. >> OTHER COMMUNITIES LIKE CONCORD HAVE EMERGENCY WINTER SHELTERS THEIRS OPENS UP ON DECEMBER 16TH BUT ADVOCATES SAY THE CITY’S OTHER THREE YEAR-ROUND SHELTERS ARE AT CAPACITY MOST NIGHTS. THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CONCORD’S COALITION TO END HOMELESSNESS BELIEVES MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE. YOU COULD BUILD AS MANY SHELTERS AS YOU WANT AND THEY WILL EVENTUALLY FILL UP. WE NEED MORE AFFORDABLE PLACES FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE. >> AND THESE ADVOCATES SAY THAT WILL TAKE MORE STATE FUNDING TO MAKE HAPPEN. LIVE IN MANCHESTER KRISTEN CAROSA WMUR NEWS

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