Homeless settle into new camp at Cuddy Park
Homeless campers settle in at their new surroundings at Cuddy Family Midtown Park.
"It's actually been pretty good for those once we get our stuff taken down set to move to different destinations, but for the others, they're having a hard time keeping up with us," said Ronald Uyeno, one of the campers. "That's when we have to break down and help them and pack up and get where they've got to go to."
Cuddy Park is just the latest stop for this group that has traveled around Anchorage since July 3. The group formed to challenge Gov. Mike Dunleavy's veto of funding for homeless programs. All the moving has posed some challenges.
"Thinking about going from place to place ahead of time, seeing how it's going to be, further assessing it before we get there," Uyeno said.
The campers are glad to have a new place to stay. Many people who use Cuddy Park share a different view.
"I can understand being homeless and whatever, that's fine," said Valerie, who did not want to give her last name. "But, it would be nice if they would clean up after themselves."
"I'm frustrated because I don't see anything getting better and I don't see any improvements," said Sheila, who also did not give her last name. "If anything, it's getting far worse."
Meanwhile, there are a few reminders of the old campsite at Valley of the Moon Park. The Municipality of Anchorage gave the campers until Thursday night to leave.
"It's tough, it really is, but, you know what? If we all work together, we can do it," said Pamela Hildebrandt, one of the campers.
She and the other homeless campers hope they will be able to stay longer at Cuddy Park than their last campsite.
The municipality could issue an abatement notice at the park. Inspectors first have to examine the homeless camp to see if it poses any risk to the community. Those campers would have 10 days to move once the notice has been issued.
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