North Idaho Homeless Evicted From Camp on Private Property


What had become a "homeless camp" in northern Idaho is being disbanded after property owners have turned to Coeur d'Alene police to remove the temporary residents.

KXLY-TV reports that the campsite on private property is located between Government Way and US-95 in Coeur d'Alene, but developers have plans for the property and have turned to law enforcement.

"To have ten days to respond to this or less, it really doesn't give them time to come up with an alternate plan," Gar Mickelson of Kaleidoscope Community Services told KXLY-TV, who added that his organization is trying to secure a conditional use permit to house about 20 homeless people for five months. So far, his request has been denied.

Meanwhile, the homeless say Coeur d'Alene simply doesn't have enough affordable housing.

"I signed up for subsidized and discount housing and the like, but there's a two- to seven-year waiting period," said Stephen Marshall who told KXLY-TV that he had been living in the homeless camp for years.