Deadline looms to vacate homeless camp in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- By April 17, people who call a wooded spot off of Murrow Boulevard in Greensboro home will be forced to leave.

A population of homeless people have lived at the spot for years. But, in late January, they were told by the city that they have to leave. As the deadline looms, the future remains uncertain for some.

Greensboro Police Public Information Officer Susan Danielsen said, in early January, they got a complaint from a member of a church nearby. That caller said that members of the encampment were panhandling near his church and making the congregation uncomfortable. That prompted police to contact the property owner, who asked police to enforce that the residents leave.

Jesse Franklin is one of the tent camp's residents.

"We have nowhere else to go," he said. "We're stuck at square one."

Several of the camp's residents have found new housing with help from the Interactive Resource Center, which assists those experiencing homelessness.

"Some folks we've been working with to get into temporary or permanent housing," said IRC Development Director Shana Carignan. "And a few have qualified."

Others, Carignan said, are either ineligible or unable to get housing because the waiting list is so long.

"Come Monday, April 18, we've been told that police will have to come in and issue citations if anyone is still over there," Carignan said.

Franklin hopes to find a property owner with vacant land who will let him set up a tent there.

"All we want is just to live," he said.

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