FWPD cracks down on homeless camp sites

Friday, Fort Wayne Police Department Deputy Chief Steve Haffner posted up notices at 8 illegal camp sites.

Posted: Oct 12, 2018 5:30 PM
Updated: Oct 13, 2018 9:10 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Friday, Fort Wayne Police Department Deputy Chief Steve Haffner posted up notices at 8 illegal camp sites.

"We give them 3 days, 72 hours notice that they need to remove their belongings. Once the cleaning crew comes in, I'll re-post that again for another 72 hours so really they'll get 6 days," said Haffner.

One homeless couple has lived at the campsite near Science Central for a year. They have until 8 a.m. October 15th to find a new place to live. They say they don't know what they're going to do.

"I got a couple of other resources I know about but what places do ya'll have that would house couples or families," said Evan Pinkston.

"Every shelter that a woman can go to is full and you have to be on a waiting list forever and it sucks," said Kayla Amburgey.

The notice nailed to the tree has information about what services are available to the homeless in town.

"We give them options. Whether they take us up on them or not, that's entirely up to them," said Haffner.

Haffner says after complaints about illegal camping and litter near the sites, putting up the signs is something he must do.

"We try to wait until we have enough material that we can fill up at least one dumpster instead of doing little ones so that's why we only do 4 a year. "

Pinkston says he'd like to see more resources for the public.

"At least put some type of public restroom or public showers or something for the homeless. "

Haffner worries that organizations who intend to help often end up doing a disservice to the homeless population, especially with the winter coming.

"Let's bring those folks in and get them services inside a shelter and find them permanent housing for them instead of enabling them to stay out in the elements and have a tragic end to their life. "

Haffner says he will makes his rounds to illegal camp sites again in April of next year.

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