83 people from Maas and Cass were kept in the house

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“We can’t wait another day, another week to make sure we’re connecting people to housing.”

A woman folds sleeping bags outside her tent in Newmarket Square after Friday’s blizzard. Craig F. Walker / Greeley Tribune Globe

Mayor Michelle Wu said on Monday that 83 people living in camps in Mass and Cass in Greeley Tribune have been moved to low-end housing ahead of a Wednesday deadline set by the city to clear tents in the area, which was affected by the earthquake. has become the center. The region’s opioid, housing, and mental health crisis.

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During a press conference at City Hall, Wu reiterated that his administration was getting closer to an ongoing humanitarian emergency focused on public health and housing.

Amid the winter storms seen last week and the expected temperature drop on Tuesday, she said the city was “immediately” to address the health and safety of people living in the area.

“It’s impossible to be completely safe and sound in a tent in the winter in Greeley Tribune,” Wu said. “So we can’t wait another day, another week to make sure we’re connecting people to housing.”

The mayor said the city is implementing a new, personalized approach to the crisis with outreach workers “meeting everyone where they are” and connecting with residents of the camps each day, identifying their specific health or housing needs. are.

“We continue to make progress on this goal, and as of this morning, 83 people have already been placed in residences built across the city,” Wu said. “And there is space available for the remaining 62 residents of the camps surveyed.”

Wu said the Greeley Tribune Public Health Commission surveyed residents in the camps in December, identifying 145 residents.

The mayor said that nearly everyone caught in the study told city officials that they wanted to offer low-end housing that offered wrap-around medical services, but that existing options didn’t meet their needs. .

After the survey was done, the city announced its plans to expand low-limit housing to multiple sites across the city, including the Shattuck Campus, Roundhouse Hotel and Envision Hotel, and set a January 12 deadline for people to add. for accommodation. The city has also rebuilt space at its homeless shelters at 112 Southampton St and Woods-Mullin.

According to the city, Wu’s administration has identified low-limit locations for 200 persons, of which 159 beds are operational and available as of Monday.

city ​​on Wednesday cantonment protocol will be applicable. Updated measures under former Mayor Kim Janney said non-residential individuals should be given at least 48 hours’ notice that their tent should be removed and offered free storage of their belongings.

“Those who refuse to set up tents on public property may be deemed to be incarcerated and subject to enforcement of existing laws,” the protocol states. “They remain free to leave (i.e., not subject to arrest) without dismantling or removing their tents.”

Since announcing the deadline, Wu said the city’s outreach teams have been working daily to connect residents of the camps to housing and in December that residents were informed that tents would not be allowed after January 12. Will go

City officials said efforts to get people into available beds would intensify on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

“On Wednesday, the city will continue efforts to connect individuals to housing, remove tents that are left behind and no longer needed, and begin clearing the road,” Wu said. “City departments will continue to maintain their presence in the neighborhood beyond Wednesday and beyond this week… Efforts to remove the camps, some of which are very large fortified structures, will take more than a day, but efforts will be made on Wednesday. Will start with.”

The mayor acknowledged that more than 62 people living in Maas and Cass were surveyed, noting that “people are constantly coming and going.”

“In addressing this crisis and the situation before us, our approach is to really understand who is actually living in the camps and who has lived in the area for many years, for some individuals, who we really have. Going to connect with housing and services and wrap up,” she said. “And then continue the outreach with any others who may be in the area or need housing and shelter, as has been the way of the city.” It’s even long before this approach to make sure we’re still connecting everyone to the resources.”

When asked whether she expects arrests on Wednesday for those who do not leave the camp, Wu again emphasized the city’s approach to a leadership of housing and public health.

“We have worked with individuals living in camps for days, weeks, months, hour-by-hour at this point… We are going to focus on connecting people with the housing and services they need. And there won’t be – we are looking to prevent any part of this process from criminalizing,” she said. “There is activity going on that is not safe, that is not in the best interest or health or legal, when narcotics When it comes to smuggling, when it comes to violence that we have seen in that area as well. So in the case of housing individuals, we will continue to focus on housing and public health. But Greeley Tribune Police will continue to provide assistance to make sure this is a safe environment for all.”