Members of South Bend’s homeless community had an opportunity to address the Common Council on Monday.
They were joined by advocates for the homeless at Monday night’s Council meeting, and spoke about the challenges they face in the city following the removal of a camp under the South Main Street railroad bridge.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg spoke at the beginning of the meeting, and then sat in the audience.
One woman remarked that she felt the city “has been, despite a grand vision, treating people inhumanely and unfairly, treating people without dignity.” She added that she doesn’t blame the council, but said they are the voices who can say something to the administration on their behalf.
The mayor and the homeless seemed to agree that the primary goal is to find a safe environment for the city’s homeless.
Meanwhile, The Center for the Homeless and Life Treatment Center has begun their winter amnesty program.