Body bag protest

November 19, 2019 GMT

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Some New Hampshire residents placed five symbolic “body bags” on the steps of Dover City Hall to encourage local and county officials to help homeless residents this winter.

One resident, Steph George, said they hope the garbage bags filled with recyclable items and shaped to suggest bodies will show there’s a “dire” need to open an emergency cold weather shelter. They included signs that read “LIVE FREEZE AND DIE” and “Help The Homeless Now.”

Temperatures last week ranged from 15 to 30 degrees for four days.

County Commissioner George Maglaras told Foster’s Daily Democrat the county’s emergency shelter operations were designed as a last resort. He suggested a regional approach involving municipalities.

Dover Mayor Karen Weston said she believes a broader, more collaborative regional sheltering approach is needed at the county level.