Earlier this month, local homeless advocates kicked off yet another "occupation" of city hall without much fanfare.
Now . . .
KANSAS CITY HOMELESS LEADER QADAFI DEMANDS RESOURCES AND HOUSING AMID RECORD COLD!!!
Here's a link and tonight's testimony advocating for denizens of local streets with a name check that might be familiar to longtime news-watchers . . .
Qadafi, who goes only by his first name, is the spokesperson for the Kansas City Homeless Union. He said people experiencing homelessness do not have a seat at the table, and they're fed up with city officials making decisions for them without their input.
"The best approach is a direct approach," Qadafi said. "We can form our own union and deal with people directly."
The group wrote out their demands, including one solution that would use funding to buy Land Bank homes for transitional and permanent housing and employ people without homes to bring those properties up to code.
"This is a city problem, and it can be fixed with the same money that they passing around with they friends, hooking them up with a program," Qadafi said. "People don't even know us, they don't even talk to us."
They also call for more places to simply take showers and wash their clothes.
"There's no water fountain to sanitize during a pandemic. There's no place for us to go take a bath," Qadafi said. "The city bragged about them providing over 700 porta potties for the Super Bowl parade last year, but during a pandemic, they have none nowhere."
Developing . . .