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Makeshift homeless tent camp between two homeless shelters shut down by city

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - Charleston Police left notices of eviction for several homeless people living in tents--- between two homeless shelters in the city Thursday.  The camp is located along Shrewsbury Street between Crossroads Men's Shelter and The Covenant House.

Charles Kennedy is homeless.  He's been staying at a local shelter.  "It's just too cold, he said.  "The police are trying to be nice and help them out.  I think we need to try to get them somewhere warm."

Those notices, they say the camp will officially close on January 2.  They also give other options for housing in the city and state that any personal property left here after noon on closing day could be removed by the city of Charleston.

"It's getting nasty here.  It's can cause disease," Kennedy said.  "There are mice running around here.  We're all good people here.  We want to keep in clean for America."

And that's what the city says they're trying to do.  The goal is for all residents to have permanent housing, after all. 

And with freezing temperatures staying around, being outside isn't advised by anyone.

Stay with 13 News for more on this developing story.


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