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Homeless People Living Under Pontchartrain Expressway Moved From Encampment

About 5 a.m. Friday, the City and homeless service workers told about 55 homeless people they had to leave an encampment underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway near Calliope St. and Baronne St. According to a statement, the City is closing the area off to people, and plans to build a permanent fence to keep anyone from sleeping, camping or parking in the area.

Despite Directors Stepping Down, The New Orleans Mission Will Remain Open

by Shay Sokol

Ron and Linda Gonzales stepped down as the directors of the New Orleans Mission on Thursday, days after they announced funds are too tight and the Mission will have to close for the summer. But a day later, officials stepped in to keep the homeless shelter at 1130 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. open. At a press conference held at the Mayor’s office this morning, Bennett Powell, Chairman of the Mission, announced a new director, a grant, and an anonymous, private donation, that will enable the Mission to remain open through the summer while expanding its hours to 24 hours a day.

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