Ten to 15 homeless persons were evicted from a ‘tent city’ Thursday morning, July 10, as reported by WNDU.
The South Bend Department of Code Enforcement removed cardboard huts, tents and debris from the encampment behind a commercial property at 702 S. Michigan St.
The makeshift homes were hidden among trees close to nearby railroad tracks, which WNDU reports were ‘virtually invisible.’
South Bend Common Council Vice President Derek Dieter uses the business to store books for his Get Booked program. He visited the encampment to tell campers to leave the property. Dieter said there was trash, feces and syringes at the site.
The encampment is a block north of the Center for the Homeless and two blocks south of Hope Ministries’ homeless shelter. Some of the campers said that the shelters were full while others said they did not check.
You can find the Point-in-Time Homeless Count Numbers here for 2012 and 2013.
To find out more about the living conditions at the ‘tent city’, visit WNDU.