Maybe. I winter camp here and if you’re prepared you’re usually just fine, for a weekend at least. But the tents I’m seeing are the cheapest of the cheap Coleman tents with mosquito net windows and these people are in huge open fields where the wind whips through like nobody’s business in the winter. They need a windbreak and plenty of layers to stay warm. It seems like some of them may have part-time jobs and are inside during the day at least. I’ve seen a few people coming from around the tent areas walking towards the storefronts and malls that are nearby.
I should also mention that Madison has shelters. Usually, you can only have 90 consecutive days spent in one so a lot of these people might also be holding out as long as possible to spend the coldest weeks of the winter inside. And we have a program called porch light that houses homeless men mainly and they have moved temporarily to a large community Center on the north side where they can handle 130 people at a time. Yeah, I live in a nice neighborhood, but a mile away is a small wooded area near an onramp, and those woods holds a well known homeless camp
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