BANGOR – In a hidden part of the city, there’s a group of homeless people who are about to be displaced. But those who haven’t already left, say they have no other options.
There used to be over a dozen people living in tents next to the Penobscot River near the I-395 overpass. On Thursday morning, that’s going to change.
“They’re gonna come down, and they’re gonna take everything we have,” said David, a homeless man living at the campsite. “That’s reality.”
At 8:00 a.m. police and city workers will come through and force people off of the land, discarding any items left behind. Some were there in December, when the city last cleared out the camp. The city said “no more.”
Flash, an advocate who’s been helping the group said, “They said they can go to any of the other encampments that are around, they’re welcome to do that. Or they can go to the shelter or somewhere else, but they just can’t stay here.”
The ones who could go to a shelter or home have left the site, but those left behind aren’t as fortunate.
“I know that a lot of these people have nowhere to go,” Flash added. “They either can’t get into the shelter, they’re barred from the hope house, or they have so much stuff that there’s nowhere for them to be able to store it or leave it.”
David says he’s on a waiting list for assistance from the V.A., and his wife, a member of the Wabanaki tribe, is seeking help from tribal services, but nothing has come yet.
Flash says he’s met once with the city, but he wants regular meetings so the group can express needs and work out solutions.
“It’s a problem that’s not going away. It’s something you can put a Band-Aid on but… They’re here, they exist…”
David added, “It can only get better, things gotta get better. God bless.”
We reached out the Bangor Police Department, and they weren’t available for comment.