DES MOINES, Iowa -- Advocacy groups are demanding more help for the homeless in Des Moines.
The Des Moines Workers' Alliance wants the city council to provide the homeless with places to live before clearing camps around the metro.
Councilman Skip Moore once had to help clear a homeless camp and encouraged his fellow councilmen and women to treat this topic with compassion.
"Our job was to remove the trees out of the way so they could get the end loaders and dump trucks in so they could clean it up," said Moore. "That was heartbreaking to know that that homeless person was coming back to their home being gone."
The Des Moines Workers' Alliance says at least five homeless people have died of exposure due to a lack of quality housing.