Monday, May 2, 2016

Tent City

Cindy Crain and Rebecca Cox at work in Tent City
(Courtesy of G.J. McCarthy, Dallas Morning News)
As you probably know, the City of Dallas has been working with MDHA and partner agencies to close down the Tent City encampment under the I-45 Bridge. This is being done primarily in the interest of the health and safety of the those experiencing homelessness, as our board member, CEO of CitySquare, Larry James, aptly writes. The aim has been to get as many of the Tent City residents, as possible, directly into housing, and make shelter available to those who cannot be housed before this week’s final closure date. You can check out the detailed I-45 Encampment Closure Plan, and read an exclusive about it by our good friend, Tasha Tsiaperas, Exclusive: Dallas plans to close Tent City permanently by May 4.

Tent City has received extensive coverage in the media. Tasha followed up on that exclusive with comprehensive, candid and compassionate pieces
here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Eric Nicholson, of the Dallas Observer, wrote a fascinating and humanizing long form article, Love and Murder in Tent City. And KERA's Stephanie Kuo shared two heartfelt back to back pieces, As Tent City Closes, The Homeless Prepare For Life From Under The Highway, and Once Out Of Tent City, Dallas' Homeless Struggle To Find A Place To Live. We try to post everything that comes out on our social media, so make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter.     

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