Homeless In Howell Evicted

The Destiny’s Bridge homeless encampment, located on the property at 5998 Route 9, is made up of tents in occupied by its now 9 residents. (Photo by Kimberly Bosco)

HOWELL – The homeless encampment off Route 9 is being forced to relocate just days before Christmas, according to Minister Steve Brigham, who has been acting as their advocate.

“We had a beautiful camp here with no problems, and we weren’t costing the township, or the taxpayer any money at all. Couldn’t they wait until after Christmas?” Brigham posted on Facebook.

There had been a deal where the buyer of the property, Richard Roberts, would give relocation assistance to the dozen or so residents who were living there. At one point, that figure was $1,000, but it is unknown what kind of deal, if any, was worked out. Brigham posted that the buyer didn’t come through with any reasonable relocation assistance.

“The residents will be scrambling to find a place to sleep tonight,” he wrote.