Homeless living under Hurstbourne Pkwy viaduct look for alternatives

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by Michelle Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 6:52 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A few days ago one of our viewers sent us an email asking if we had seen the homeless people living under the Interstate 64 viaduct. They were concerned about the safety of those living there. Today WHAS11’s Michelle Arnold went there to check out the conditions.

“I've been staying here about three years,” David, one of the people living under the viaduct, said.
 
After losing his construction job he started staying underneath the viaduct.  Day after day the traffic on I-64 and Hurstbourne Parkway roars above him and past him. He says he has a few neighbors.

“There’s three people; that’s all that’s under there,” David said.

But now that could all change.

“The police told me I couldn't stay up here no more,” David said.
 
He says for the first time in three years, police stopped to talk to him.

“They said it was a private place and if I go back under there they'd get me for criminal trespassing,” David said.

Temperatures will drop Tuesday night and this is David’s only shelter from the bitter cold.  Like many others he doesn't know where he is going to go.

“It gets cold out here, like last night when it was cold and rainy and the wind was blowing,” David said.

“There aren't enough shelter beds to take everyone in; so we do have people who are out on the streets,” Binford said. 

Susanne Binford is with Seven Counties Services. They do street outreach every single day. She says homelessness on Hurstbourne Parkway isn't a new thing, but the winter presents a huge challenge across Kentuckiana. The shelters fill up quickly.

“It's getting cold, the weather's changing. That's going to have a huge effect on our people,” Binford said.

In the meantime, David has moved his belongings into the brush next to the viaduct. He's hoping for a warm bed in a shelter on Tuesday night. He's thankful for those who help him get by.

“People help me out,” David said. 

“Whether they're under a viaduct or in a great condo in the East End-- they're just people,” Binford said.
 

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