ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) — City and state officials haveonce again removed a tent camp used by homeless people under Interstate 20 in downtown Atlanta.
Georgia Department of Transportation crews on Monday told occupants to leave. It was the second time in the past 10 days that the DOT has ordered occupants gone.
Sonji Jacobs, a spokesman for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, tells CBS Atlanta that it’s not safe, sanitary or humane for people to live on highway exit ramps or similar locations. Officials also say that the encampment is not safe for drivers in the area.
Jacobs said people at the site were told they were trespassing and could face arrest if they didn’t leave. Some of the homeless said the city has an obligation to help eradicate homelessness.
The property is owned by the DOT.
Several organizations run shelters for the homeless that are routinely filled to capacity. Contact the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, the Atlanta MIssion, the Gateway Center , Hosea Feed the Hungry or United Way Atlanta for help.
The Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless estimates that Atlanta is the poorest city in the U.S. for children – more children in Atlanta live in poverty than in any other city.
According to the Metro Atlanta Tri-Jurisdictional Collaborative (Tri-J) Continuum of Care (CoC) on Homelessness in 2011 Atlanta’s homeless population numbered close to seven thousand.