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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Virginia: They've been living in shacks by the water in Norfolk. Now they have to go — but where? By Eric Hartley


As a Registered Sex Offender the Veteran’s Affair Housing voucher proposal below is a false hope, RSO’s do NOT qualify. 

If any Re-entry folks who check this blog can help this compliant RSO in Norfolk find a new location please use the contact information at the end of the article. 

Thank you. 

Mary Devoy 

 

They've been living in shacks by the water in Norfolk. Now they have to go — but where? July 9, 2016
By Eric Hartley

NORFOLK -Officially, the prime spit of waterfront property off the Campostella Bridge – valued at $1.6 million – has been vacant for years.

A plan to build 246 apartments there, approved by the city in 2011, fell through. 

But unbeknownst to the owners, the land has already been occupied. 

Gina Gallegos and her boyfriend, Phil Routson, arrived 18 months ago and claimed a large clearing in the trees. Gino Linn Reid has lived next door, deeper into the woods, for four years. 

By most definitions, they’re homeless. But the homes they’ve made just east of the bridge on the south side of the Elizabeth River go far beyond tents in the woods. 

Routson built a shack out of leftover pallets from cabinet and lumber stores down the road and bought a gas generator for power. Reid, a registered sex offender who’s spent 16 years in prison , made a frame from driftwood and draped it with tarps. Inside, he has carpets, a gas grill, two couches, a sink, a battery-operated TV and a small tent – where he sleeps. Outside are stone steps and a brick walkway.