Homeless camp residents in Cedar-Riverside find local governments shifting responsibility for them
Encampment occupants and neighbors pleaded for a portable toilet for six weeks
December 20, 2022
As human waste piled up near a growing homeless encampment in Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, local residents, business owners and City Council Member Jamal Osman begged multiple layers of government for a portable toilet for its occupants.
Ushered from one agency to another, they eventually got the port-a-potties after six weeks with the intervention of a state legislator.
"This was such a ridiculous experience, to be constituents of all these levels of government and just to be feeling completely crazy," KJ Starr, director of the West Bank Business Association, said before a community meeting Friday at the Brian Coyle Neighborhood Center.