Dozens of housing activists gathered in downtown Richmond May 26 to protest the resumption of eviction cases by the city’s housing courts.
Cathy’s Camp, the tent city located outside Richmond’s cold weather shelter where scores of homeless people have lived since last August, is coming down.
Cathy’s Camp is a tent city created in 2019 by homeless people in Richmond. The city wants to close it. In this interview, camp volunteers Bridget Whitaker Williams and Rhonda Sneed explain how the city, working with nonprofits, has been moving people from the camp to a hotel that they say is infested with bedbugs.
IS THERE A MASTER PLAN TO REMOVE THE POOR FROM RICHMOND? TWO INTERVIEWS AND A LOOK BEHIND THE ‘MASTER PLAN’
The Defender interviews a resident of Camp Cathy and the city official who sent the letter ordering it to be shut down, followed by a discussion of the developer who thinks Richmond needs to get rid of people who make less than $50,000 a year.
City of Richmond’s natural gas utility customers should see savings on monthly bill Beginning with their January utility bills, Richmond Gas Works customers should have seen a savings on their monthly natural gas bill.
At the same time that more than 100 homeless people are taking shelter in tents outside to the city’s cold weather shelter, less than two miles away the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority is taking steps to demolish more than 500 public housing apartments.
It started with a few tents, a place for people without homes to get in out of Richmond’s winter weather. At least it was dry, and with some blankets and enough clothing, it was bearable. And as the number of tents and homeless people grew, it was safer than trying to find a place to sleep alone outside.