25 July 2012
For Immediate Release
Banner Art Exhibition to promote community knowledge of Camp Take Notice:
One month post-eviction, less than 12 housed
Thursday, July 26th, from 3:00 – 4:00 PM, Camp Take Notice (CTN) supporters will hang banners on the fence now surrounding the most recent home of the tent city known as Camp Take Notice, on Wagner Road between Jackson and Dexter- Ann Arbor. The “gallery” of banners will draw attention to the fact that one month after the eviction of Camp Take Notice less than a dozen campers have moved-in to the housing that was promised by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority before the June 22nd eviction. Campers who have not yet secured housing, in spite of own their best efforts and the support of local agencies, simply have nowhere to go. The Delonis shelter is over capacity and there is not nearly enough affordable housing in our community.
Prior to eviction, Camp Take Notice offered a resourceful, respectful community for people facing homelessness due to many causes. Campers and friends of the CTN from the local faith communities fostered a beautiful support network at no expense to taxpayers. Since the eviction, the physical community has been dismantled and shut-out with an extensive eight-foot fence, which cost taxpayers a minimum of $20,000. (As told to CTN by MDOT.)
The Banner Art Exhibition will highlight the positives images of the the CTN community, such as healing, hope, and mutual support, in contrast with the negative ones of eviction: destruction of nature, poor use of tax money, an unattractive fence.
CTN supporter, Sheri Wander, who got involved when facilitating nonviolence training for CTN, stated that she believes it is critical the larger community knows that most campers have not found housing: “Even if we assume good intent of the people who promised housing, less than 12 of 65 housed one month post-eviction clearly means the plan has failed. Our neighbors are facing a crisis. Removing individuals from this site did not make them disappear. The growing issue of homelessness in Washtenaw County requires creative solutions like the one that Camp Take Notice offers.”
BACKGROUND INFO: http://tentcitymichigan.org/