News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 25, 2013

Campground offers shelter to Bloomington homeless


Associated Press

---- — BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A campground featuring military-style tents and portable toilets has sprung up in Bloomington as advocates for the homeless work to help shelter them from the elements.

The Herald-Times reports organizers from Occupy Bloomington are seeking donations of straw, blankets, pillows food and water to make the tents more comfortable as the city deals with rain and cool temperatures.

The property holding the tents was most recently owned by the nonprofit Bloomington Urban Greenhouse and Shop Inc. The organization has dissolved, and an owner of the group gave volunteers permission to raise tents at the location Tuesday.

About 15 people slept there the first night.

Advocates for the homeless say the city needs a permanent solution following the closure of a summer shelter that had operated for three years.

—Associated Press