Judge Does Not Stay Eviction for RI Homeless Camp

The Associated Press reports that a Rhode Island Supreme Court judge refused to temporarily halt the eviction of a group of homeless people who have set up an encampment on city-owned land in Providence.

Justice William P. Robinson III declined to issue a last-minute stay requested by the people who are staying on the land near Roger Williams Medical Center that would have allowed them to remain there while their lawyer, Neville Bedford, appeals a lower court’s decision allowing the city to evict them.

Robinson’s ruling required the residents — who call the place Camp Runamuck — to leave by 5 p.m. Monday. Bedford said he did not know what the residents planned to do.

“They’re in a very difficult position to find someplace to subsist,” he said.

If you would like to get involved in assisting the homeless in Rhode Island, please contact the RI Coalition for the Homeless.

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