Homeless Woman Muddles Cumberland’s Tourist Plan

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A plan to steer more bicycle-riding tourists into downtown Cumberland faces a hurdle in the form of a homeless woman.

Cathy Coughenour, 53, has been living for much of the past decade in a tiny park near a major downtown intersection.

Now the City Council is considering leasing the space to a business group that wants to staff it with volunteer greeters. Their main targets would be users of the C&O Canal and Great Allegheny Passage bike trails.

Downtown Manager Ed Mullaney tells the Cumberland Times-News that Coughenour probably won’t be happy with the situation.

She told the newspaper Thursday that she doesn’t plan to move. She has refused to leave the spot despite having been jailed and fined several times for violating a no-camping ordinance.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. Doug says:

    Well look.
    She could go to a shelter or church group.
    But many of these people are more then just down on their luck.
    They’re emotionally disturbed.
    Try to give her a hand.
    It could be you,in her shoes,one day.

  2. Sophie says:

    HOW DO YOU FINE A HOMELESS PERSON???? HOMELESS NO MONEY, THAT REALLY SUCKS. SHE HAS NO PLACE TO LIVE, SO FINE HER NOW THATS A CLEVER IDEA DUH. HEY IDIOTS YOU MIGHT ME HER NEIGHBOR ONE DAY.

  3. compassionate stranger says:

    darn those inconvenient homeless…they’re so bad for business, can’t we put them on an island somewhere? oh wait, will that cost me money? oh..jeesh!

  4. palin's right says:

    Name sounds hispanic, maybe she could enroll at Frostburg and live there on the state for free or check her green card and deport her.

  5. lizzie says:

    We are so quick to help every other country but we don’t take the time to help our own. If she is homeless perhaps the City Council can find it in their hearts to make sure she gets the help, shelter and food she needs. And any kind of psychiatric help IF she needs it.. Oh, never mind- we are the US- the one’s who help every foreign country, despite the fact that they often don’t want our help and kill our soldiers. But G*d forbid that we help our own.

  6. Dexter says:

    You don’t know any of the facts. She is NOT homeless. She chooses to live outside and calls it “residency free.” She has a family and they have a very nice home. She rents cars. She has a cell phone. She is NOT stupid at all – she’s very intelligent. She is not Hispanic – she’s a local white woman and a very nice person, but she has made it her life’s mission to prove a point that the rules don’t apply to her.

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