Occupy Charleston teams up with the homeless to propose housing plan

(source: Portland Ground) Dignity Village in Portland, Oregon
(source: Portland Ground) Dignity Village in Portland, Oregon

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The group Occupy Charleston is hoping to help homeless people find a safe place to sleep.

"I'm homeless, I sleep on the street. Anywhere I can lay my head, find some decent shelter. That's what I have to do," said Moses Brunson.

It hasn't been an easy road for Brunson. He's been homeless since February.

"Whatever happens with the elements, I'm caught. I get caught in the rain; I've been wet numerous times," said Brunson.

Brunson says finding a place to sleep when shelters are full is hard to come by. Now he's joining forces with supporters of Occupy Charleston to propose a plan to community leaders.

Brunson says, "Not like a shelter type thing, but just a place where a person can sleep and maybe bathe, brush his teeth. Something like that."

The group is working on a presentation. They say it will include testimonies from those who are homeless and their overall goal, a legally sanctioned place to put an urban camping ground.

It's modeled after Dignity Village in Portland, Oregon, a community of small houses that could be moved.

When asked to respond to people who may say it's not their fault he's homeless Brunson said, "I could repeat that and say it's not my fault either. Circumstances put people in different positions."

The 51-year-old says he's trying to continue is education and become more stable, but he says rising back up isn't as easy as people may think.

"The embarrassment of being homeless is one thing, then how people treat you when they know that you're homeless," said Brunson.

Brunson went on to say he isn't asking for handout or a freebie, just a chance for community leaders to listen to their plan. He feels it will help people like him in their quest to get off the streets.

The group will do their first presentation Monday night at 7 at the Longshoremen's Hall in downtown Charleston.

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