Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
Jungle Cleared for Winter
Written By: Tanja Rekhi
ITHACA (WENY) -- People living in Ithaca's homeless encampment known as the Jungle will not be left to brave the freezing temperatures.
According Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick, the city worked with non profits in the area to give the four remaining men living in The Jungle a warm place to stay this Winter
This was initiated in part due to the death of former Jungle resident, due to a tent fire last month.
Several other men have died in the past year, some due to illness or crime.
The Mayor's goal is to have the people who call the Jungle their home have a safe, warm place to live.
"At the moment, there's no one living in The Jungle," said Mayor Myrick. "I don't know how long that will last, but I feel good knowing that for now, at least everyone who needs a warm place to sleep has one."
The Mayor says he'd like to increase access to the Jungle so emergency vehicles can respond appropriately, if people go back to living there in the future.