BANGOR — The city of Bangor ordered that the homeless encampments set up under the Interstate 395 overpass be cleaned up by the end of the day Tuesday.
This is primarily due to safety reasons, according to Bangor Assistant City Manager Courtney O’Donnell.
She said emergency vehicles are frequently called to that area, but the location isn’t always easily accessible.
O’Donnell said the city wants to ensure those people can be accessed when they are in need.
She said caseworkers and navigators have been visiting the area to encourage those people to find an alternative place to camp or to reach out to family and friends to find a place to live for the winter months.
Some people living there said they still don’t have places to go or a way to get somewhere.
“The city is really trying to look at this from a compassionate standpoint and do what we can to help individuals while also focusing on the safety aspect for not only the individuals but also our employees and members of the public as well,” O’Donnell said.
O’Donnell said they hope everyone will leave by Wednesday morning, but there will be a team there to assist.
She said no-trespass orders will be issued as a last resort.