BANGOR – Last week, more than a dozen homeless people living in a campsite on Bangor city property were asked to move. Today crews cleared the areas and officials offered help.
Crews from Bangor’s Parks & Recreation and Public Works departments began clearing the campsites lived in by Bangor transients. Officials say they continue to work closely with these individuals to help them find other living options.
“Our goal is the same as everyone else,” said Bangor Police Spokesperson Wade Betters. “To get them adequate, suitable, safe housing, and by making this move today we’re pushing them one step closer to pursuing those options.”
Tents and trash were left behind by those who were living in encampments on Bangor Municipal Golf Course property. It’s been a recurring pattern that city officials say needs to stop.
“This is not a clean, well-run campsite,” said Betters. “This is human waste, littered with beer cans, trash, debris.”
Scattered throughout the make-shift campground were beer cans, propane tanks, and clothes. All of it left behind for the city to dispose.
“We indicated to them last week that we’d be here, posted signage to that effect,” said Bangor Parks & Recreation Director Tracy Willette.
Sgt. Wade Betters says they’re not looking to make arrests or trying to target the homeless. They instead want to help the people living there seek safer and healthier living arrangements.
“We make repeated offers for help,” Betters said. “We tell these folks who to turn to to get that help and we even offered rides and things of that nature if they need help with that.”
Betters says they don’t break up every campsite, mainly focusing on the larger ones. He hopes some of the people who lived in the one they cleared Thursday will take the help the department is offering.