City again orders homeless to leave South Bend viaduct

Main Street viaduct in South Bend  // WSBT 22 Photo

South Bend city leaders are again ordering anyone living beneath the Main Street viaduct to move out.

According to our news gathering partners at the South Bend Tribune, the city's latest winter amnesty shelter for the homeless opened over the weekend.

"Our expectation that is being communicated is that they will need to take advantage of it (the shelters)," Suzanna Fritzberg, Mayor Pete Buttigieg's deputy chief of staff, told the Tribune.

Tribune reporter Lincoln Wright has learned people living under the viaduct need to vacate.

The city tried clearing the area at the end of October, but many people moved back within a few days.

City Leaders say the encampment is a greater concern moving into colder winter months, but local homeless advocates say there are not enough shelter spaces for all of the city's homeless.

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