Tent City

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

All over the country and in the mountain state, more and more people are learning what it means to cope with homelessness. That story and more on this West Virginia Morning.

An encampment near the Coal River in the winter of 2019 in Kanawha County, W.Va.
Courtesy of Stan Smith

A pastor in St. Albans has been helping residents of a local homeless encampment called Tent City get back on their feet. But not everyone in the town approves of the work he’s doing.

“They hate to move every night. They hate to bother people,” Stan Smith, a pastor in St. Albans, W.Va., said as he drove around the outskirts of town, pointing out the tucked-away thickets where homeless people have set up camps.

Charleston Homeless Encampment

The mayor of West Virginia's capital city has ordered a few dozen homeless people to leave a makeshift tent city along a Charleston riverbank.

Mayor Danny Jones says property owner Waste Management had asked for the removal of up to 30 people who were camped out along the Elk River. Media outlets report police and city workers removed them on Tuesday.