City Continues Process Of Logging Homeless Belongings, Returning Cooper Court To Normal

Dec 7, 2015

Credit Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

The work to catalog the belongings of the now former residents of Boise’s Cooper Court homeless tent city is nearing an end. City officials say the work to properly document 70 tents and the items in them wrapped up on Saturday. That was a day after police moved into the camp near Boise’s downtown to evacuate the alley.

“That inventorying process included a very careful cataloging of all the items involved, along with photography of those items, a very careful mapping where that shelter and those items were in the alley,” Mike Journee, a spokesman for the Boise mayor’s office, said Monday afternoon.

Journee said the plan Monday morning was to pack up the tents and other items and move them to a storage facility. Owners would then have 180 days to pick up their belongings. Journee said he was unsure how steady rain throughout the day had affected work at the site.  

Residents of the camp who weren’t interested in taking their items or having them stored had the option of receiving a $140 Salvation Army voucher to purchase other items.

Before the wet weather moved in, Journee says the city planned to restore the Cooper Court area to a fire lane and public way by Tuesday. 

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