Des Moines Trying To Remove Homeless Camps

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines city workers have posted fliers along trails near the Des Moines River informing homeless campers they must leave.

KCCI-TV reports workers have posted the fliers on trails near Euclid Avenue in northern Des Moines. Homeless campers have until June 27 to leave, or crews will dispose of their property.

City Council member Christine Hensley says the decision to remove the campers followed complaints about the camps.

The city has made similar moves in past years, including an effort to remove homeless campers from beneath a bridge near downtown Des Moines.

Officials say they’re working to offer other housing options to the homeless campers.

Camper Jonathan Gisi hopes for city assistance getting an apartment, saying, “If I can get a little help, then maybe I can help myself.”

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