Crews Clean Tent City, Homeless Searching for New Place to Stay
POSTED: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 3:48pm
UPDATED: Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 8:02am
City crews cleaned up makeshift homes and removed large brush at an area known to many as home.
News Center 23 told you about this tent city Thursday. It’s located off of "F" Street in Harlingen.
"We're looking for a spot to stay." said Marianna, a homeless woman.
Friday morning, cleanup crews and police arrived at around 7:00 to make sure all residents of the tent city had cleared out. As Marianna watched the crews clean, she said it made her a little bit sad, she had lived in the community for the past seven years.
"We never had any problem with nobody, we had about 17 people living there and we were all together and visited each other and helped each other, " said the former resident.
Earlier in the week residents were given notices to vacate the private property which is owned by Union Pacific Railroad, or they would be arrested for trespassing.
An officer out supervising the location said that people illegally living there had cooperated and left before they arrived, so no arrests were made.
Marianna said at about six Friday morning everyone scattered.
"People had their carts, pushing their carts with their stuff," said Marianna.
The Loaves and Fishes shelter has space available for her and her husband and the rest of those that once lived in the tent city, but Marianna says she can't leave her four legged family members behind. Instead, she said her, her husband and dogs will continue looking for a new place to lay their heads.