I was walking under the JFX this afternoon. On my route to a meeting, I encountered Tony Simmons, advocate for the homeless. Simmons informed me that the homeless encampment was facing eviction. The JFX encampment is home to twenty or more homeless people.
Signs have been posted by Baltimore City giving them a 30 days’ notice. Simmons said the city gave the reasoning of having to paint under the bridge. If that is truly the case, he asked me, “What about the farmer’s market? Will they have to move as well?”
In related news, Simmons also clued me on Baltimore City’s plans to build a fence around War Memorial Plaza to the tune of $200,000. “The homeless have nowhere to go!” stated Simmons.
Damien Haussling, Journey Home Board member’s commented on the proposed eviction, “I don’t see how this ends homeless. It just shifts it.”
Stay tuned for further updates on this story as they come in.
Bonnie Lane is an avid activist and advocate here in Baltimore. She is very vocal about social injustices. Fighting against injustice isn’t just a slogan to her but a way of life. Lane is a soldier in the struggles for social justice, real change and human rights. Having been homeless is what inspired her to become an advocate/activist. A passion for writing consumed her at an early age.