Following the controversial request, axed amid criticism from homelessness advocates in late June, the city has changed its response to temporary shelters.
Just over a week ago, Main Street Project representatives started being dispatched to encampments.
“It’s more humane. Some of this stuff is all people have. If they take it away, what do they have?” Jay said, adding outreach workers have stopped by to give him socks and sandwiches.
Within 24 hours of the city receiving a call about an encampment, Main Street’s van patrol team will investigate the public safety of a site and the safety of the individuals living in it. The outreach team also hands out harm-reduction supplies.