Some Homeless Begin Camping With Warmer Weather

There are few things more difficult than living without a home.

However, some are choosing a life on the streets.

We've seen some tents popping up around town, but not in campgrounds.

This time of year, some are trying to make a life for themselves under bridges.

These days, Paul Mittan can be seen listening to his CD player at the Stephen Center in Omaha.

He has no home, and if he wasn't at the shelter, he'd be fighting temptation on the street.

"Some people choose to do the wrong thing. Personally, my experience, I'm a drug addict. I'm addicted to crack cocaine. I've smoked meth. Those things was why I'm homeless," Mittan says.

Being at the Stephen Center, he's getting help with that problem.

However, before coming there, Mittan spent a lot of time in other shelters around the country that didn't assist with recovery.

With overcrowding, and nice weather, he says sometimes you're better off outside.

"When it's raining, I'll sleep under a bridge, or when it's not, I like to sleep on park benches. They're just nice and comfortable. They're just right there, I'm 6'2," says Mittan.

There are many others in Omaha with the same idea.

Tents and other makeshift shelters are popping up in places like under bridges.

It's a shock to those passing by like Jackson Byrnes.

"I feel bad for the guy, you know? The creek comes up all the time, you come by here when it's raining, so I'm sure it's hard living there," he says.

Del Bomberger, CEO of the Stephen Center, says for those that do move out, the shelter still tries to assist them any way it can.

"One of the things we do is to not burn any bridges with anybody, and if someone's leaving and wants to go do something with somebody else for a while, they know that we're here, if and when they need to back here again," says Bomberger.

Bomberger adds he's not aware of any laws against homeless camping that are being enforced in the city.

He says it does become a problem when someone is camping on privaye property.


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