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Pack your belongings or the city will do it for you.

That was the message given two weeks ago to about 40 homeless people who have to leave their camp sites by tomorrow morning.

Earlier this month, an administrative law judge ruled the city could evict homeless people who have set up camp along the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers.

The deadline to leave was Friday, August 15th but city officials won’t be cleaning up camp sites until tomorrow morning.

Sunday morning, only a handful of homeless people remained camped out.

One of those people is Douglas Fields who says he has no place to go.

“Iā€™m really concerned. I’ll live under a bridge if I have to. They don’t care,ā€ said Fields.

Some of the homeless have been assisted by organizations like Primary Health Care and Iowa Legal Aid.

Others will head to Central Iowa Shelter and Services, which is often up to 60 beds short of demand.


  • Holly Johnson

    This is very sad. I guess if we can’t see them then they don’t exist, right? If you can all sleep at night knowing you made an already difficult situation even more unbearable, then maybe you should ask yourself what kind of person you are. To me, making someone else breath easier because I have lived is to have succeded. For all of the church goes that were in favor of this, I have a question for you. Did you go to church today? Ummmm, I wonder what your religion says about loving thy neighbor etc….. Just saying……….

  • Sue

    I have mixed feelings on this one. I know that there are some very good people who are homeless due to circumstances beyond their control.
    I also know when I worked downtown, we had to hire off duty police officers to walk our employees to their cars if they worked late because we had some employees mugged by some of these homeless people. Just like everywhere else, you have good and bad. Being homeless doesn’t mean you are a bad person…doesn’t mean you are a good person either.
    Also, as someone who works for Uncle Sam about 1/4 of the year, (before I start earning the money my family gets rather than goes into taxes) it is a bit frustrating to me that SOME of these people just want to live off of society. In some ways, SOME of them are no different then those on welfare. They don’t want to hold a job (but the ones I am referring to could) because they don’t want to pay taxes because they don’t believe in government and want to live their own lives. BUT, they are more than willing to live on government land, accept free handouts from churches, shelters, and organizations. If you CHOOSE not to contribute to society, you shouldn’t benefit from it either. Now, realize, I am NOT talking about those with physical or mental disabilities that have fallen through the cracks and cannot get their feet under them. I am NOT talking about the good, hardworking people that have been the victim of personal tragedy. I am talking about those that CHOOSE to be homeless because they don’t want to work.

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