Homeless to stay in Old Louisville camp past eviction date

Homeless camp near Heuser hearing still in place despite deadline

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Security at a school in the Old Louisville neighborhood is at a heightened level because of a homeless camp right next door. Thursday was the deadline for the camp to be evicted, but that never happened.

Ronnie lives in the homeless camp near the Heuser Hearing and Language Academy.

"It’s not like we’re sitting around, running a nudist colony,” Ronnie said.

Ronnie lives in the homeless camp next to the Heuser Hearing and Language Academy.
Ronnie lives in the homeless camp next to the Heuser Hearing and Language Academy. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

Ronnie said he's been living at the homeless camp near Interstate 65 and E. Kentucky Street for two months.

"How can you evict me from public property?” Ronnie asked.

Debbie Woods, the Heuser director, has tried to get Ronnie and his neighbors removed from the site since October. She was told the school would get its drop off area back today.

"The parents pass this area when they drop the students off,” Woods said. “They view a lot of things they shouldn't."

LMPD called Woods during the week and said people in the camp won’t get evicted.

Debbie Woods is the education director at Heuser Hearing and Language Academy.
Debbie Woods is the education director at Heuser Hearing and Language Academy. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

“I feel for our homeless population,” Woods said. “We’ve had to change so much for the children. I feel like the children’s rights are being violate as well. I feel the state should do more to protect our children.”

LMPD said people living in the camp can’t be evicted because of the weather and until all low barrier shelters are in place on January 14. Even when that day comes, Ronnie said he's not going inside.

“If taxpayers' money is taking care of this, one taxpayer doesn’t mind us being here,” Ronnie said. “Let us put in our time, blood, sweat and tears into something that we’ve earned instead of trying to hand us something.”

Louisville Metro Government hopes the opening of low barrier shelters will help eliminate some of the homeless camps.
Louisville Metro Government hopes the opening of low barrier shelters will help eliminate some of the homeless camps. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

Woods said she’s starting to lose hope that the homeless camp will ever move. However, until the problem gets fixed she said she’s keeping the school on partial lockdown to keep her kids safe.

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