tent city http://michiganradio.org en MDOT video highlights Camp Take Notice story http://michiganradio.org/post/mdot-video-highlights-camp-take-notice-story <p>State agencies are helping several homeless folks find a place to live, or temporary shelter, following the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/state-officials-close-tent-city-ann-arbor">closing of a tent city</a> in Ann Arbor.</p><p>The Michigan Department of Transportation, or MDOT, released a video on Monday that explains the reason behind the camp closure.</p><p>&ldquo;This is just not something the department can allow for a lot of different reasons,&rdquo; said Mark Sweeney with MDOT. &ldquo;Safety - because of the proximity to the freeway, sanitation - because there is no running water&hellip;so quite simply, it&rsquo;s a liability for the state,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>The video also highlights the problem of homeless. State agencies were called on to help relocate some residents. Camp Take Notice organizers said the camp served a purpose and helped people get back on their feet.</p><p>Here&#39;s MDOT&#39;s take on Camp Take Notice:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdCfTtOkSDc&amp;feature=youtu.be</p><p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 15:49:37 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 8034 at http://michiganradio.org MDOT video highlights Camp Take Notice story State officials close tent city in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/state-officials-close-tent-city-ann-arbor <p>About 70 homeless people stayed at the tent city known as Camp Take Notice. But they were told to pack up and move out.</p><p>&ldquo;You know, right now, this whole situation is very surreal. It feels like we are just going through the motions...I&rsquo;m really going to miss it, you know, I&rsquo;m just gonna miss the people,&quot; said Mary Contrucci.</p><p>Scott Ellinger and his girlfriend lived at the camp for a few months. He said, &quot;It was a tight-knit community here, we were like family. Everybody looked out for each other.&quot;</p><p>&quot;We really haven&rsquo;t had any major problems out here. Except for a few minor incidences. We had one fire, which was accidental,&quot; said Ellinger.</p><p>It&rsquo;s accidents like the fire that broke out a few months ago that state officials want to avoid. Sally Harrison is director of Rental Assistance and Homeless Solutions for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.</p><p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 12:41:21 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 7978 at http://michiganradio.org State officials close tent city in Ann Arbor Alternative housing for residents of tent city http://michiganradio.org/post/alternative-housing-residents-tent-city <p>&nbsp;Residents of a tent city near Ann Arbor could soon have more permanent housing arrangements.<br /><br />The state&#39;s affordable housing agency is working to find places to live for the roughly five dozen people who live at &quot;Camp Take Notice.&quot;</p><p>Sally Harrison is with the&nbsp;Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). She says this effort is part of a broader initiative to end homelessness in Michigan by 2017.<br /><br />&quot;For some people who can get into apartments and housing immediately, we will do that immediately, because we have rental assistance available,&quot; says Harrison.</p><p>She says that for those campers who need more assistance to get housed, they will be relocated to hotels and shelter beds. Fri, 01 Jun 2012 15:22:57 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7712 at http://michiganradio.org Alternative housing for residents of tent city Supporters of a tent city near Ann Arbor fear eviction http://michiganradio.org/post/supporters-tent-city-near-ann-arbor-fear-eviction <p>About 70 people took part in a rally to show support for a tent city near Ann Arbor.<br /><br />It&#39;s called &quot;Camp Take Notice,&quot; and it&#39;s been on state-owned land for more than two years. The 65 people who live there are worried their days there are numbered.<br /><br />David Williams has been staying at the camp for a year. &quot;If we lose this camp it would be difficult for me to find another safe environment to live. And I hope that people understand that. Anyone can be homeless. Homelessness is not prejudice,&quot; he said.<br /><br />Organizers want a commitment from the state to allow people to continue living at the site. But one neighbor, who asked not to be named, said he&#39;d like to see the camp gone.</p><p>&quot;There have been reports of stolen property down there. You don&#39;t necessarily feel comfortable being outside or outside alone towards the evening. And like I said, they are not bad people, that&#39;s not the problem. It&#39;s the element that goes along with it,&quot; the neighbor said.<br /><br />Jeff Cranson, a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation said the state has been working with the camp&#39;s organizers for a couple of years. He said there are no immediate eviction plans, but that the tent city is not safe and residents will need to relocate. Cranson said a fire broke out a few months ago and emergency crews had difficultly getting water to the site.&nbsp;</p><p>He said another state agency is working to find alternative housing for the camp&#39;s residents.</p><p>Michigan Radio visited the camp in the fall of 2011.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=IJwhgP_oZ5M</p><p> Fri, 25 May 2012 14:50:43 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Sarah Hulett 7618 at http://michiganradio.org Supporters of a tent city near Ann Arbor fear eviction Tent city in Ann Arbor operates through the winter http://michiganradio.org/post/tent-city-ann-arbor-operates-through-winter <p></p><p><a href="http://tentcitymichigan.org/">Camp Take Notice</a> is a tent community of homeless people living in Ann Arbor.</p><p>Freezing temperatures will force many of its residents to find new places to live. But more than a dozen will stay through the winter.</p><p>Michigan Radio’s Mercedes Mejia and Meg Cramer visited the camp just before the first snow fall.</p><p>You can check out what the camp looks like here:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJwhgP_oZ5M</p><p> Fri, 06 Jan 2012 23:54:02 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 5686 at http://michiganradio.org Tent city in Ann Arbor operates through the winter