Owner of Joplin Homeless Camp Plans to Close It
JOPLIN (AP) - The man who owns the land that has been a homeless camp since the Joplin tornado says he wants those living there to move on soon.
Clyde Black says he opened the camp after the May 22 tornado to help people but he never intended to keep it open indefinitely. Those using the camp have included people who lost their homes, volunteers and some who came to Joplin looking for jobs.
The Joplin Globe reports that he wants the camp to close by early September before fall and winter weather arrives.
At its peak, 40 to 50 people were living at the camp next to McIndoe Park. It offered electricity, a communal television, showers, laundry and a restroom. Currently, about a dozen people remain at the camp.