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Judge Rules on Homeless Camp Eviction Appeal

DES MOINES, Iowa – Homeless people living in tents along rivers in Des Moines face eviction after a Polk County judge ruled on an appeal.

The city of Des Moines said the roughly two dozen people living in camps along the rivers were a safety concern.

The homeless affected appealed the city’s actions claiming fights and overcrowding made shelters an unviable option. During the hearing in early July, they added there are shelter limits of 90 day stays.

The judge ruled this week that the city followed procedures adequately when posting notices in May asking the people to leave. Campers have until next Friday to leave before the city can enforce the evictions.



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