Some residents of the plaza didn’t want to leave. Homeless people have built a community of sorts at the plaza, said Timothy, a 46-year-old homeless man who has lived at the plaza for two weeks. He declined to provide his last name. Timothy was forced out of his Dutchtown apartment three weeks ago because he objected to his roommate using meth, he said.
“I like it here. I feel safer here than I do out on the street by myself,” he said. He had a knife and gun pulled on him when he was sleeping on the street, he said, which is why he moved to the plaza. He carries a post from a staircase banister to use as a bat, just in case.
The plan for the warehouse is to provide a transitional place to live until its residents can find permanent housing with the help of St. Patrick, Laumeyer said.
St. Patrick has enough funding to keep the warehouse open for 90 days, she said, but the center hopes city money will become available to keep it operating, or to create a new, similar site. The city has been supportive of St. Patrick’s efforts, Laumeyer said. In addition to providing water service and trash pickup at the warehouse, the city also gave tables, chairs and other supplies. The city is not directly funding the warehouse operation.
KB Doman, a 23-year-old Washington University law student, has volunteered with nonprofits for five years and now works with Tent Mission STL. She’s worried that Camp Cole might not be as successful as St. Patrick hopes.
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