Homeless in tent community struggle to stay dry

The last 48 hours have been a struggle to stay dry for the homeless people that reside at Brighton Park in Corpus Christi’s Northside area. The homeless there have turned Brighton Park, located at the corner of Broadway and Parkers Alley, to a tent community in where an upward of 150 people live there every single day.

On Friday night, the National Weather Service announced a Flash Flood Warning with winds in the range of 20-40 miles per hour. The high winds even caused some tents and tarps to fly away where people shelter under. Those without tents use plastic sheets to sleep under, but within certain areas of Brighton Park, it wasn’t enough to stay dry last night.

Tent community at Brighton Park on the intersection of Broadway and Parker’s Alley.

The Corpus Christi Crónica took a trip to Brighton Park Saturday afternoon to see how the tent community was holding up after Friday nights high wind and flash flooding throughout the city effected those living at the park. When we arrived we were met by a woman by the name of “Carol”. We asked Carol how the rain has effected her life in the past 24 hours. Carol says:

I almost drowned in my sleep and we all had to use the bathroom before 8 o’clock because the rain came in.

Having to live in tents and on the streets herself, Carol says she understands what people are going through due to her experience Friday night going into Saturday morning.

Sam Rankin Street homeless try to stay dry

Two individuals sleep under tarp and plastic sheets in front of Mother Teresa Shelter on Sam Rankin Street near City Hall.

The Corpus Christi Crónica also took a drive by Sam Rankin Street, where a homeowner says she has been experiencing high traffic of homeless outside of her home. Yaneth Morales, who lives next door to Mother Teresa Shelter, says the homeless people have been using the restroom outside of her front yard. Yaneth has placed “No Trespassing” signs on her gates and have sent numerous videos and photos of homeless fighting, yelling, and even defecating in an alley nearby.

Yaneth, says she has brought the issue up to city council in the past and wants more done to get the homeless off the streets and into shelter because she says the quality of life is getting worse by the day.

Homeless people trying to stay dry outside of the Mother Teresa Shelter.