Public Works starts litter, tent cleanup at Westport homeless camp

Public Works starts litter, tent cleanup at Westport homeless camp
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The Kansas City Public Works Department announced Sunday a citywide effort focused on litter, improper storage and tenting in the public right of way. In a news release, the city said the goal is to clean up trash and litter and to ensure safety for all in busy intersections, public streets and spaces. “Working with Housing and Community Development Department, the City will continue to connect any impacted houseless residents with open shelter opportunities, services, and resources,” the city said. Public Works empl0yees went to several locations Sunday morning giving out trash bags and bringing trucks to dispose of litter and trash. KMBC 9 Crews saw the city at a camp in Westport. William Hare was camping at the spot Saturday and said a few weeks in a hotel helped, but they needed longer. “Ninety days was alright, but you know some people take longer to get off the streets and stuff like that,” Hare said. “If I could get a job right now, trust me I would be working whether it be at Pizza Hut or something like that, but I have no ID. All I have is a homeless letter. That’s the only thing I got when I was there, but I was trying.”The Westport camp was part of Camp Sixx, the Midwest Homeless Collective trying to help people who have been displaced.Jeremy McNack is camping at the sight, and he says he joined it for safety.”I think that everybody deserves a roof, but the fact that these tents are free is a roof for them and like dude sleeping in front of a storefront compared to sleeping like with a group of people you know that has your back is so much better,” McNack said. “There’s strength in numbers.”The city says anyone experiencing homelessness had access to partner organizations to find services. “Safety and visibility for our residents and the traveling public and cleanliness of our right-of-way remain our responsibility under City Code,” said Public Works Director, Michael Shaw. “We are proud to continue to support the city’s effort in assisting our houseless citizens in obtaining much-needed assistance.” The city is considering a tiny home village to transition people into housing. The lot behind the Kansas City Police Department is a possible location, but the project has faced challenges in getting approval to move forward

The Kansas City Public Works Department announced Sunday a citywide effort focused on litter, improper storage and tenting in the public right of way.

In a news release, the city said the goal is to clean up trash and litter and to ensure safety for all in busy intersections, public streets and spaces.

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“Working with Housing and Community Development Department, the City will continue to connect any impacted houseless residents with open shelter opportunities, services, and resources,” the city said.

Public Works empl0yees went to several locations Sunday morning giving out trash bags and bringing trucks to dispose of litter and trash. KMBC 9 Crews saw the city at a camp in Westport.

William Hare was camping at the spot Saturday and said a few weeks in a hotel helped, but they needed longer.

“Ninety days was alright, but you know some people take longer to get off the streets and stuff like that,” Hare said. “If I could get a job right now, trust me I would be working whether it be at Pizza Hut or something like that, but I have no ID. All I have is a homeless letter. That’s the only thing I got when I was there, but I was trying.”

The Westport camp was part of Camp Sixx, the Midwest Homeless Collective trying to help people who have been displaced.

Jeremy McNack is camping at the sight, and he says he joined it for safety.

“I think that everybody deserves a roof, but the fact that these tents are free is a roof for them and like dude sleeping in front of a storefront compared to sleeping like with a group of people you know that has your back is so much better,” McNack said. “There’s strength in numbers.”

The city says anyone experiencing homelessness had access to partner organizations to find services.

“Safety and visibility for our residents and the traveling public and cleanliness of our right-of-way remain our responsibility under City Code,” said Public Works Director, Michael Shaw. “We are proud to continue to support the city’s effort in assisting our houseless citizens in obtaining much-needed assistance.”

The city is considering a tiny home village to transition people into housing. The lot behind the Kansas City Police Department is a possible location, but the project has faced challenges in getting approval to move forward

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