“We know that homelessness is a big issue. We’re trying to be empathetic to what we need to be empathetic to, but the bottom line is that when the departments can’t do the work that they need to do to create a safe public health space, then we need to act.” charlotte Parent, health director
A team of nonprofit agencies began working Tuesday to find new homes for dozens of homeless people living underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway.
The action followed issuance of a city notice ordering the area cleared of people and cars within 72 hours.
In an advisory posted Monday night, the city called the area under the expressway between South Claiborne and St. Charles avenues a public health hazard.
Health Director Charlotte Parent said Tuesday that it needs to be vacated so that it can be cleaned and treated for rodents.
A growing number of homeless residents have been using the area as an encampment, outfitting it with tents and even couches.