LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A new task force in place in Metro government Monday to find solutions to solve homelessness in Louisville. But is it enough? At least one homeless man said he wants to see more.
Mayor Greg Fischer said Monday there have been some occasions when the compassionate city did not live up to its name. He is referring to a homeless camp clear out that happened in October with no notice, dozens losing their personal belongings.
WHAS11 was the first to expose the issues.
Since then, we have been following the developments and working with those most affected in the process.
Byron Peeler went from homeless to hospitalized in the last week.
"My body was not right- it took three days for my body to thaw out," Peeler said.
Peeler- who goes by "Rock"- knows the issues facing the those on the streets first hand.
Two weeks ago, he called the corner of Floyd and Jefferson home. When city employees came in to clear the camp, a man named Mike took him in.
"When Mike came the hope was just overwhelming. I thought well maybe God is giving me this chance to tell my story and to help other people”, Peeler said.
Peeler's left leg was infected and Mike took him to the hospital, where doctors had to amputate his foot.
He said if it wasn't for Mike, he would have died waiting for a spot in a shelter. Now he's demanding the city take action.
"I want to see things better for this community than just talk," Peeler said.
In response to Rock's story and the others that have surfaced over the last several weeks, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Monday he has made a task force that will work to find solutions to these issues. Issues like a lack of space in city shelters, and lack of resources for the groups that work on the street.
"Our commitment to end homelessness in Louisville remains strong but the reality is we're going to be working with fewer financial resources that what we have had before," Fischer said.
He said, for now, the answer is you- asking the Kentuckiana community to step up and help out.
"To us- compassion is an action word. It’s not just oh I feel sorry for those folks," Fischer said.
As for Rock, he said he's still waiting.
"You have to stop talking at some point, and stop planning and execute what you done planned," Peeler said.
The mayor also announced no more homeless camp clear outs will happen until a proposed ordinance, which outlines policy for clear outs, is passed in Metro Council.
That ordinance has been held until the new year.
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