Dignowity Hill residents meet to address homeless population concerns

Dignowity Hill, a neighborhood on the east side, has been undergoing vast gentrification in recent years. On Thursday night, leaders from the homeless ministries met with residents to discuss their concerns in the community.

SAN ANTONIO - Dignowity Hill, a neighborhood on the east side, has been undergoing vast gentrification in recent years. On Thursday night, leaders from the homeless ministries met with residents to discuss their concerns in the community.

"My main concern that I have faced are the people coming in my backyard and trying my door knob and trying to get in my home and pounding on my door," said Valeree Bell, a new homeowner. 

Property values have skyrocketed and the demographics in Dignowity Hill are changing fast. The area has also been known for its homeless population and the ministries who serve them. Today the new residents and the homeless community are trying to find a way to coexist. 

"Our people feel less and less at ease in our neighborhood, I think it was more comfortable for them to walk down our street when every home was in disrepair and now that we have all these beautiful houses, I think they sense the feeling too that they are out of place," said Chris Plauche, director of the Catholic Worker House. 

Volunteers from the ministries say they understand residents concerns, but also remind them to be aware of the challenges they face trying to help this population. 

"You don't realize you need help and so you don't take your medications because you think well I'm just fine," said Plauche.

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