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Three homeless people suing state of NH

Post  fshnski on Tue May 14, 2013 9:04 am

Three homeless people have filed a lawsuit against the state after they were kicked off of public land in Concord.


They had been living there for several months because they said there is nowhere else to go. They said they represent more than 150 people who are in the same situation.

"We stumbled on it. We liked it. We camped -- three weeks later they are putting signs up saying no camping here," said Wendell Ford, who is homeless.

Ford, a registered sex offender, who found himself homeless after his release from prison, is one of five men who lived there.

While their camps are not clearly visible from Hazen Drive, the new signs posted by the state are.

The homeless in Concord were already told to leave areas they have frequented for years -- land behind the Everett Arena is now abandoned, as well as the area near the railroad tracks referred to as "the tubes."

"Where can the homeless go? They are pushing all the homeless out of the area," Ford said.

So, three of the men who now live on this land decided to take their concerns to court. They enlisted the help of attorney Barbara Keshen, who has filed a lawsuit suing the state.

"They are trying to live peacefully and out of the way and trying to be good neighbors," Keshen said.

She also said this isn't only about the three men on the lawsuit, but the entire homeless community in Concord. She said there are at least 150 of them.

"There needs to be some accommodation, some place where people who are destitute and have no place to live can live and survive," Keshen said.

State officials won't comment on the lawsuit but said they have been reaching out to advocates for the homeless community to make sure they know about services available to them. But those affected said the further they're moved, the harder it is for them to get to those services.

"It would be different if the shoe was on the other foot, how would they feel if they were homeless, what would they do?" said Ford.

Both the homeless and their advocates will gather in front of the State House on Tuesday to speak out about the recent evictions and urge lawmakers to find alternatives for them.

Read more: http://www.wmur.com/news/nh-news/three-homeless-people-suing-state-of-nh/-/9857858/20134286/-/8tmtv7z/-/index.html#ixzz2TGuih0Ad

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Re: Three homeless people suing state of NH

Post  fshnski on Wed May 15, 2013 10:25 am

No response from the party of the poor.

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New laws making life more difficult for homeless

Post  fshnski on Wed May 15, 2013 10:27 am

CONCORD, N.H. —Homeless people in Concord are running into new laws that may make life on the streets even more uncomfortable, from aggressive measures to clear out homeless camps to a newly passed law banning motorists from transferring anything out of their care to a person on the streets.


Three men are fighting back. They are suing the state for their right to camp on public land. News 9 also found other simply ignoring the new ban or receiving charity from people in their cars.

One man News 9 caught up with has been holding a sign asking for help since last September.

He wouldn't reveal his name, but he did say he is 51 years old and used to play in a rock band and left his job at a fast food restaurant last fall.

He told News 9 that on a good day he could get $12 from holding up the sign.

He said he likes the freedom, saying his address is everywhere.

When told he wasn't supposed to be doing what he was doing he responded by saying, "I don't care. I did time in prison.

Another homeless man News 9 talked with said he has been panhandling for just a couple of months and said most people are actually really nice to him.

The new ordinance is carefully worded and does not include the term "panhandling." It also doesn't prohibit standing out on the street holding a sign.

"Technically somebody could hold up a sign asking for help, which is the free speech aspect that the ordinance was concerned about. But if they engage a citizen and take something or receive something or give something, the behavior becomes against the ordinance and that would be enforceable," said Concord Police Chief John Duval.

It remains to be seen how aggressively the city will enforce the newly passed ordinance. News 9 saw sign-holders at two intersections Tuesday evening who were never approached by police but News 9 did notice two marked cruisers in the retail area on Fort Eddy Road.

Read more: http://www.wmur.com/news/nh-news/new-laws-making-life-more-difficult-for-homeless/-/9857858/20150372/-/x0hy8c/-/index.html#ixzz2TN68kJ6N

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Re: Three homeless people suing state of NH

Post  News Buzzard on Wed May 15, 2013 11:32 am

Big story about 100 hundreths of 1 percent of the population of New Hampshire! Rolling Eyes

Oh, will this country survive? scratch

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Re: Three homeless people suing state of NH

Post  fshnski on Wed May 15, 2013 11:36 am

So what are you doing about it? A lot of these guys are veterans. I don't understand why the party of compassion hasn't tried to help?

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Re: Three homeless people suing state of NH

Post  News Buzzard on Wed May 15, 2013 11:44 am

The party of compassion doesn't run the state senate, and in fact the Republican party took a meat cleaver to the Health and Human Resources Budget in 2011 (state budget). I doubt much will get done as long as the Republicans hold the Senate!

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Re: Three homeless people suing state of NH

Post  fshnski on Wed May 15, 2013 11:54 am

Do something on your own.

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Re: Three homeless people suing state of NH

Post  WHL on Wed May 15, 2013 12:47 pm

Fsh, they don't spend THEIR money. They spend OTHER PEOPLE"S MONEY!! And you know who I mean by they. Give the homeless a place to live-I mean like a field or wherever is a good spot for them to be homeless. A lot of them want to be homeless so leave them alone.
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