MOSES LAKE - A local man who’s taking matters into his own hands to help the homeless says the outpouring of support for him has been “unbelievable” since we aired our story last Friday. iFIBER ONE News profiled Mick Hansen of Moses Lake. Hansen, a prominent land owner is housing most of the homeless population on his abandoned lumberyard property across from the Moses Lake Food Bank. Hansen says he opened up the property to the homeless a few years ago, but the inhabitants on the land has drastically increased this year after the warming center closed in 2019. After our story aired, Hansen says scores of people have reached out to him asking how to help.
“It’s just unbelievable the response we’ve gotten,” Hansen told iFIBER ONE News. “We’ve got lots of materials coming in.”
Hansen says people have donated clothing, canned goods, blankets and firewood. Hansen says firewood is the most desired donation to keep people warm. Hansen added that the Moses Lake Police Department is donating clothing that someone gave them in response to the story.
Hansen says a local church has reached out to him expressing interest in developing living shelters for the homeless, a mobile clothing station and a soup kitchen.
“I’m just blown away,” Hansen added.