“Everybody’s walking by doing a double take. They’re walking the same streets, They’re walking the same sidewalks,” Chandler said. “We have to understand that we’re all part of the same community.”
Jesse West has been living for several weeks just east of Belong Church on a patch of pavement alongside an office building. When he saw the demonstration camp on Friday, he thought it looked “like a hotel.”
West said that he hoped sanctioned camps will help people move to permanent housing.
“Everybody that I know is waiting on housing,” he said.