City and local group help clean up homeless camp near Haymarket Park

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – City officials have said the homeless camp near Haymarket Park does not meet health and safety standards. It comes after the city received several calls and complaints regarding the area.

From piles of garbage, clothes to old tents, everything is thrown in the homeless camp.

“It’s ugly,” said Bobby Jones, employee of Just Staffing. “It just makes that part of Lincoln look trashy.”

Jones is helping with cleanup efforts after seeing how bad conditions are for some homeless camps.

It also encourages homeless people to go to shelters.

“I stayed in the mission,” Jones said. “The mission is not a bad place. For me, they helped me find an apartment. I have never slept outside in my life.

Jones lived at the town’s People’s Mission for 8 years on and off and often heard about people visiting the camps. He never made it an option for himself.

“It’s unhealthy for people to stay here,” Jones said. “I’m sorry for the people who stay here and choose to stay here.”

City officials have received several calls regarding health and safety concerns near Haymarket Park. LFR and the Department of Health have both confirmed that it is dangerous.

Kerstin Nuss, owner of Just Staffing, said: “[It’s] sort of just spruce up Lincoln again, get rid of all the trash; try to find places to go for the homeless rather than camping in the city.

The city is working directly with Matt Talbot to provide living conditions for the homeless here. Jones is pushing for the homeless to take advantage as the mission is about a mile from this camp.

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