Homeless advocates hold pit stop outside Minneapolis mayor’s home
MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – A group of homeless advocates held a supply drive on Sunday to collect needed items for homeless people. They also used the event to demand a moratorium on the eviction of homeless encampments in the city; while standing outside what they believe to be the home of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.
Mayor Frey disagrees that the goal should be encampments, instead saying the goal should be shelter and permanent housing.
In a statement, Frey’s office told FOX 9, “At this time, the administration does not intend to issue a moratorium. We remain focused on providing people with access to safe, stable housing. and permanent – which we have delivered at record levels.”
“He could end it right now today if he wanted to, so we’re putting the pressure on him,” replied DJ Hooker, the procurement campaign organizer. “All that happens is they end up taking to the streets and you repeat the process.”
Last week, the Minneapolis City Council voted against temporarily suspending the forced withdrawal and closure of encampments.
“We’re talking life and death when people are trying to stay warm and temperatures will be below zero,” Hooker said of the ruling. “We just need our politicians to care as much as everyone else.”