Cold weather draws tent community to Hart Plaza, Detroit mom steps in to help – CBS Detroit

(CBS DETROIT) – They all camp for different reasons, but they all call a tent community under Hart Plaza home.

“Because I grew old out of foster care,” said 19-year-old Cody Tull, who lives in Hart Plaza.

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“I’ve been here since I was 27, I’m 40 now,” Brandon Brown said.

“I’ve heard some people assume ‘oh they’re homeless, they must have done something wrong.’ Not everyone does things wrong in life,” Tull explained.

Detroit mom Dhiquita Owens is trying to do something good by helping homeless residents.

“We have blankets, sleeping bags, tents,” Owens said.

“We have arrived at Hart Plaza and this will be one of our main areas.”

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Owens says she draws inspiration from her son’s memory.

“I had a son named Donta and he died of heart disease at the age of 23 and he was a giver and a helper and I get joy and peace from that,”

Owens works with his downline and their organization, Peyton’s Joyful Projects, to help those less fortunate.

“I appreciate that she took the time because she doesn’t have to,” said Reno Bones, who also lives in Hart Plaza.

“Like the money she’s making and the time she’s spending with us right now, she doesn’t have to do that. She can bring that to her family members.

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