Responding to a city of Bloomington action on Wednesday night, to remove people and their belongings from Seminary Park, the Monroe County Democratic Party issued a statement on Sunday critical of the move.
The MCDP statement asks that portable restrooms and handwashing stations be placed at the park as “the bare minimum.”
The statement also calls on elected representatives in city and county government to “work together in conjunction with local social service organizations, activists, and those that are experiencing homelessness to build a coalition and work together on a long-term solution.”
The MCDP statement advocates “allocating funds for long-term housing for those unhoused…”
That echoes a sentiment that has begun to get more frequent mention in local discussions, which is summarized in the slogan, “housing first.” That contrasts with the idea of putting “shelter first.”
At a rally on Friday night at the county courthouse, some speakers also asked that people support a grassroots effort,.Hotels for Homeless, as an organization that had made arrangements for some who were staying in Seminary Park.
The city worked with some of the local nonprofits on Wednesday night to point park resident to other resources. Three of the park residents agreed to go to the Stride Center and a fourth to Wheeler Mission’s shelter, according to city officials. Continue reading “Monroe Dems: “Removing people without homes and their belongings from the encampment in the park is not an acceptable answer.””