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The man known as Bison moved into an apartment of his own today

Posted at 9:44 PM, Sep 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-18 23:19:01-04

CINCINNATI -- Tuesday brought a big change for the former ‘mayor’ of the homeless camp at 3rd Street and Plum Street. The man known as Bison received the keys to his very own apartment.

When we first talked to Bison, he said he wanted to be a minimalist and that he didn’t want housing. He wanted to stay outside. Now he’s decided to take the housing to set an example for others to do the same.

“I’ve got to get used to being inside now, but I’m cool with it,” Bison said. “I just want to make sure that everybody gets the help that they need, and it takes me being inside to set examples for people then by all means, I’ll do it.”

The Ohio Valley Goodwill said Bison is the first person from the disbanded homeless camp that was placed in affordable housing. Bison said a handful of other people living in his camp were placed in affordable housing through other organizations.

According to Kevin Finn with Strategies to End Homelessness, Bison’s placement puts him in the minority. Homeless outreach organizations in Hamilton County only have the funding to provide affordable housing to one in ten people experiencing homelessness.

“We cannot let the public or our politicians forget that there are a lot of people out there who still need help,” Maslow’s Army board member Jeff McDowell said.