Everyday this week, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and members of the KC Homeless union have been meeting on how to help the dozens of homeless living on the City Hall lawn.
“Let’s actually try to make sure we’re fixing the underlining problem,” said Lucas.
At a closed door meeting Wednesday, Lucas and other city officials offered ways the city could help including housing for people with low or no income, 90 days of hotel space, and jobs programs across the city.
“For those who, for whatever reason aren’t comfortable in a shelter environment, and want access to running water, a place to sleep, safety, and all of the security that is a part of that,” said Lucas.
“I’m not claiming victory, cause ain’t nothing happened yet,” said Qadhafi, a leader with KC Homeless Union.
Members with the union say they’re happy with the progress, but feel real action by the city is still needed.
“It’s movement that wasn’t happening before now, and movement that is happening now,” said Qadhafi.
“Sustaining out here, we can’t do this forever, but we came out here as a political tactic, to affect policy and change.
Lucas didn’t say when another possible sweep could happen at the camp but he does plan to meet with members of the union again Thursday at 10 a.m.