Lubbock's homeless will spend Saturday night in new 'Tent City' - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock's homeless will spend Saturday night in new 'Tent City' for the first time

By Michael Slother - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Saturday night some of Lubbock's homeless will spend their first night at their new tent city location.

It was moving day in downtown Lubbock for nearly 30 of the Hub City's homeless. As the sun rose at 8 a.m. Saturday, the tents along Broadway and Avenue Q began to fall.

"They were up earlier than I was expecting there was a lot of excitement and good humor all morning long," said Cliff van Loan.

Everyone was optimistic as they looked forward to staying at their new home. "We knew when we set up on Broadway and Q that it was going to be a temporary situation," said Lee Thomas.

For the first time in nearly two months, drivers will no longer see 'Tent city' in central Lubbock. The only thing the homeless left behind was a different color in the grass.

Clothes, food, and other belongings were packed into boxes and bags and taken by truck to the new spot. When the homeless got to their new location off 13th and Avenue A, they unloaded their things and picked a place to call their own.

"It's going to be different, at the last place we were really bunched up," said Chris Cathy.

Some of the homeless said the land wasn't as sleeper friendly. They used tools to clear the ground of debris. "Rakes so we can smooth out our lots and put down tarps underneath our tents," Thomas said.

Volunteers helped the homeless move and set up their new community. "We've gotten a lot of help from churches and a lot of people from Lubbock have come out and offered their support and I really appreciate their support," Cathy said.

Many of the homeless are working. Some of them sell newspapers, wash dishes, or take day jobs through Labor Ready. With unemployment numbers in Lubbock reaching 6 percent there are still many who haven't been able to find work. "That's really kind of our focus right now is to get members working and improving their lives and its happening," Van loan said.

The homeless will work to fix up the two buildings on the property to include restrooms, showers, a laundry room, and a kitchen. Link ministries said many of the items and labor have already been donated, but they could still use your help.

If you're interested in making a donation, call Les Burrus with Link Ministries at (806)776-2915. The group plans to set up a fund at a local bank sometime next week. KCBD NewsChannel 11 will update you when the fund is set up.

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