An encampment of unsheltered people in Oro Fino Gulch has been asked by the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office to disband and vacate the camp by Wednesday after a bid to buy the land fell through.
The founder of the camp of some 30 unsheltered people in Oro Fino Gulch, who goes by Rad, poses for a photo Friday afternoon in the camp.
About 25 people, including the camp’s founder who goes by Rad, are currently living just off the side of Oro Fino Gulch Road a couple of miles south of downtown Helena. Some of them said they have been banned from Helena homeless shelter God’s Love for various offenses and have nowhere to go.
“We’re going to take this camp, and we’re going to have to park it on the front lawn in Women’s Park,” Rad said during an interview at his camp Friday afternoon. “If not here, where?”
Though he said he has been sober aside from marijuana use for 3,210 days as of Friday, Rad still is quick to cop to his checkered past.