On Monday March 26th 2012, The city of Philadelphia issued a warning to the members of the NU-Liberty Ministries encampment, at 4301 N. Delaware Avenue, that Thursday March 29th, 2012 they have to leave the area.
The flyleaf given to members of the encampment Tuesday morning say that The Streets Department may confiscate their property if it is on public property.
The city has said that they are going to bring in two front-end loaders to level the area that had been considered unwanted by the city, until the homeless moved in and started building something for themselves which the city has refused to do.
The city is calling this eviction Operation Quality of Life, hiding behind pretty names in another attack on the homeless people of America and more importantly to us this city.
The order telling the Occupiers to leave was issued by Anthony Holloway, Director Emergency Assistance Response Unit/ Logistics of the Office of Supportive Housing Relocation Unit. Located at 5252 North 13th Street, in Philadelphia.
Various Homeless Advocacy Groups have been out to the encampment this morning, asking “is there anything we can do for you,” and doing nothing says Harvey Lockridge, a homeless Advocate and minister out of Oklahoma.
Lockridge also conducts the 'Harvey Homeless Reality Tour,' which gives people a look into the realities of homelessness in the city.
Office Of Supportive Housing says that they will be out at the encampment on the day of the eviction to offer any help needed.
“The system suck, how many people has the city's system place in sustainable housing, I'll tell one out of ten's of thousand. Section eight housing is almost impossible to get in unless your a woman with children or had your house burned down or some other tragedy,” said Lockridge.
The homeless have had three different encampments since the weeks just before the eviction of Occupy Philly in late November.
They have been at their current location ever since Camp Liberty's second eviction from under the I-95 bridge in the early part of December.
Since the establishment of the encampment fifteen homeless persons have come thought the camp, with five of them being place in positive permanent living situation.
Currently there are four Occupiers at the NU-Look Ministries encampment.
Tomorrow this could all come to an end at least for the time being, as the Bridesberg Township has decided that they don't want the homeless in their backyard.
In a meeting on Monday evening members of the Towns council told the city they wanted the encampment gone.
The camp is nestled just off a dirt path that leads into the woods between the Besty-Ross bridge and a creek sometimes used by the locals for fishing and dumping their trash.
Lockridge and others took their time this past Sunday to clean the side of the highway which had trash from the highway all the way back into the woods.
“They have an underage girl out there, and they're stopping people from going fishing,” said an employee of the township that asked not to be identified.
The young woman that they were referring to was an eighteen year old runaway named Brittney Greene. According to her birth certificate she was on January 18th, 1994, but in the townships defense her youthful appearance can be very deceiving.
The path to the area most used for fishing doesn't come anywhere near the encampment, in fact from that trail you can't even see the encampment.
Lockridge is working furiously to find a new location for the encampment, calling, Facebooking, and emailing everyone he can think of to find an alternative to staying in place and fighting the city, but is growing tired of the war the Mayor and political leaders are perpetrating against the homeless.
“I'm at the point where I want to stand our ground, this property isn't owned by Bridesberg so they have no say over who can and can't stay here,” says Lockridge.
“Where else do we have to go and maintain our independence, they don't want us anywhere, but they really don't want to help us to get on our feet, they want us to depend on the state so they can drop the floor out from under us, said Greene.
The Mayor's dictates in the past few weeks, designed to push the homeless out of the Parkway and eventually out of Center City entirely have forced the homeless in to little encampments in various other parts of the city out of the way.
These tactics are not new cities all across the country have been implementing similar ones. Nearly ever major city in America has a ban on feeding the hungry, in additions that for all intents and purposes, if not in practice make homelessness illegal.
The comments of former Little Rock Mayor Dailey are indicative of the the sentiments of the this countries leadership.
“I want these camps cleaned up, and I will say that loudly and clearly ... as far as I’m concerned we need to run off those individuals who are the chronic homeless that don’t want services provided to them” and those who “expect they’re going to victimize the community with their panhandling or other crimes,” former Mayor Jim Dailey, who publicly ordered the Little Rock police in Arkansas to clear the 27 homeless camps in alleyways, abandoned buildings, and along the river in 2004 in preparation for the grand opening of the Clinton Presidential Center.
In Orlando, Florida a man was arrested for violating the cities ban on food sharing, when he handed sandwiches out to the homeless.
“If this isn't a war on the most vulnerable in our country I don't know what is,” said Robert an Occupier at the encampment.