By Michael Slother - email
LUBBOCK TX, (KCBD) - Lubbock's homeless staying at the 'tent city' off Broadway and Avenue Q will soon have to leave. Wednesday, Link Ministries told us they've provided a new place for them to pitch their tents. It's next to an old gin on the corner of 13th Street and Avenue A.
The tents are right in the middle of the city's tornado memorial. With warmer weather, the parks department has to treat the ground under the tents.
'Tent city' began about a month ago with 5 tents and grew to more than 20. Their new home will require a lot of work on their part, as well as community support.
"We are so excited. We can't wait to get there," said Ernest Cook.
"They've met us more than halfway by offering far more than we would dare ask for," Cliff Van Loan said.
In about a week, the lot on 13th and Avenue A will be covered in tents. It's about five times the size of the current 'tent city.' On Thursday, the homeless and volunteers will work to transform an old office on the property.
"That's what we're hoping to get done within the next week to renovate this, to have running water, showers, toilets, just your basic needs of any person," said Les Burrus.
Van Loan said he and the other homeless from ‘tent city' plan to do a lot of the man power. "We have plumbers assistants who can do the majority of the work, electrical work, general carpentry, sheet rock," Van Loan continued. "We've got people out here with experience in all of it."
Wednesday, the homeless elected four of their own and three community leaders to set and enforce rules for their new home. A move Van Loan said was necessary. "We have to have something more structured if we're going to have more people there."
The homeless insist that they're working to get out of their situation.
"It's going to take time. Some are looking for houses, some are looking for jobs," Cook said.
"We want to make improvements in our lives and it's up to us to put forth the effort," said Van Loan.
"I think we're moving in the right direction. I think it's a win-win-win situation for everybody," Burrus told us.
Volunteers and the homeless will be working at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the new location off 13th Street and Avenue A.
If you'd like to send donations you can send them to Link Ministries' CPA:
1117 65th Drive
Lubbock, TX 79412.
Link Ministries asks that you put ‘homeless fund' on the check.
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