Stolen trailer meant to house homeless couple recovered

Stolen trailer meant to house homeless couple recovered
Photo of the recovered trailer courtesy of Daniel Barth.

By Mike Kinney

A local community organization is breathing a sigh of relief, and a homeless elderly couple will now have shelter, after a stolen trailer was recovered Thursday.

Daniel Barth, executive director of Safe Organized Spaces-SOS! Richmond, an organization that aims to establish safe and secure living situations for unsheltered individuals in the city, said the trailer had been donated and was destined to provide housing for Amilee Smith and Marquise, a married couple with physical disabilities who have been residing in a pickup truck at Rydin Road.

But then on Wednesday, Barth said he was devastated to discover the trailer had been stolen at Chanslor Avenue and Murdock Street.

Thankfully on the following day, the Richmond Police Department located and recovered the house trailer at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. It had been dropped off in someone’s private yard by unknown people, according to Richmond police Capt Al Walle.

Barth said felt “totally ecstatic” to have the house trailer back to support Aimee and Marquise,

“They need our support and love,” he said.