Homeless Group Petitioning City to Build a Flour Bluff Shelter - KiiiTV.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Homeless Group Petitioning City to Build a Shelter in Flour Bluff

Posted: Updated:
CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

A group of homeless people have been waging a petition drive that calls for the City of Corpus Christi to build a homeless shelter in the Flour Bluff area.

Kiii News Reporter Michael Gibson spoke with organizers of that grassroots effort Friday at their homeless camp, just a hundred yards away from the main entrance to Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi.

Paul Long, a homeless man, knows all the spots where his fellow transients try to live.

"They're finding us wherever we're at and they're chasing us off, and believe me, you have to come back here on purpose to find somebody back here," Long said.

That is why long is happy to hear that a petition drive is underway in Flour Bluff. That drive is led by Corina Brandt, a homeless woman who wants to see a shelter built in their area.

"I've got 200, over 200 signatures on my petition," Brandt said. "I'm heading to City Council and starting there. I've never done this before. We've all got to learn somehow, right?"

"I think she's got a great idea. She needs to get something going and get the people behind her," Long said. "We need somewhere to go now. Instead of camping out in the woods, we could have some place we could go meet and have some counseling. Turn us in the right direction so we can go get work."

Billy Ray Swaner knows about life on the streets. He was stabbed in the chest and stomach back on Feb. 13. He believes he and others would be safer staying at a shelter, rather than in the woods.

"They're wanting to tear our camps up," Swaner said. "We get out here and try to make it the best way we can out here."

Long tried to build a cabin in a stand of trees along the Laguna Madre, but he said someone came along and bulldozed it down. Now he lives out of his girlfriend's car.

3News contacted Councilwoman Colleen McIntyre, and she said that the City does not operate shelters and would advise them to contact the agencies that do to see if they would be interested in helping out.

  • FEMA Domes Coming to Kingsville

    FEMA Domes Coming to Kingsville

    It looks like two Federal Emergency Management Agency shelter domes will be built in Kingsville after all. The Kingsville Independent School District board voting Monday night to proceed with the construction of the two domes. Kingsville ISD providing us with architectural renderings of what the domes will look like once complete. The domes will also serve as athletic gymnasiums.The school board was considering scrapping plans to build the FEMA domes if the cost was too high, but after consid...More >>
    It looks like two Federal Emergency Management Agency shelter domes will be built in Kingsville after all. The Kingsville Independent School District board voting Monday night to proceed with the construction of the two domes. Kingsville ISD providing us with architectural renderings of what the domes will look like once complete. The domes will also serve as athletic gymnasiums.The school board was considering scrapping plans to build the FEMA domes if the cost was too high, but after consid...More >>
  • Local Fast Food Manager Robbed Tuesday Morning

    Local Fast Food Manager Robbed Tuesday Morning

    A breakfast crowd at a local McDonald's got more than they bargained for Tuesday morning when a masked man made away with some cash.According to police, an employee was leaving the fast food restaurant on Morgan and Crosstown with the money deposits from the night before. That's when she was confronted by a mask man who pepper sprayed her and took off with the money. The female is expected to be ok.Police need your help in catching the suspect. Call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) if you ha...More >>
    A breakfast crowd at a local McDonald's got more than they bargained for Tuesday morning when a masked man made away with some cash.According to police, an employee was leaving the fast food restaurant on Morgan and Crosstown with the money deposits from the night before. That's when she was confronted by a mask man who pepper sprayed her and took off with the money. The female is expected to be ok.Police need your help in catching the suspect. Call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) if you ha...More >>
  • Police Say Young Suspect Was Combative With Officers

    Police Say Young Suspect Was Combative With Officers

    We are learning more about the allegations of a local mom who says police used excessive force when arresting her 16-year old son.Tuesday we got the Corpus Christi Police Department's response, they say the officers in question were patrolling the Holly and Kostoryz area on foot. They say the neighborhood has seen a spike in crime, in fact in the past two months police responded to more than 80 crime calls in that area.The officers say when they saw the 16-year old boy was walking down the st...More >>
    We are learning more about the allegations of a local mom who says police used excessive force when arresting her 16-year old son.Tuesday we got the Corpus Christi Police Department's response, they say the officers in question were patrolling the Holly and Kostoryz area on foot. They say the neighborhood has seen a spike in crime, in fact in the past two months police responded to more than 80 crime calls in that area.The officers say when they saw the 16-year old boy was walking down the st...More >>