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HOMELESS DISPUTE: City of Des Moines Asking Homeless To Pack Up And Leave

City leaders in Des Moines recently posted flyers around the trail system near Euclid Ave. and the Des Moines River asking the homeless living around the area to leave.

The flyer said if you have property located within the area of Euclid Ave. Bridge, south on either side of the Des Moines River to Prospect Park, you must remove it before June 27th or it will be removed and disposed of by the City of Des Moines.

Those living in the camps said they have no where else to go.

Frederick Harris has been taking up camp near the trail system near Euclid Ave. and the Des Moines River. He’s applied for housing at the YMCA but until that comes through he’s forced to stay where he is.

“You think someone chooses to be here, you think someone wants to sleep in the woods in the thunderstorms and all that, no.  You don`t have a choice so you have to make do with what you’ve got.,” says Harris.

Harris just found out like many others that he will be asked to leave at the end of the month.

“It`s just a bad situation, I`m sitting here today thinking where am I going on the 27th,” says Harris.

Harris isn’t alone, other makeshift homeless camps across the city also had notices posted.

City officials say when they receive enough complaints about an area they have to take action.

The city says it is working with outreach services to help relocate everyone before they come in and clean up the area, Harris is just hoping that’s the truth.

“I`m just doing the best I can for what I have,” says Harris.

Those living in the camps have until June 16th to appeal.

This isn’t the first time the city has posted notices asking people to leave.

In January of last year officials asked those living under the MLK Bridge to pack their belongings.

However, everyone who appealed the ruling was allowed to stay.

An administrative hearing officer ruled the homeless are allowed on city land because there were not any other options available.

HOMELESS DISPUTE: City of Des Moines Asking Homeless To Pack Up And Leave

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