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The city of Chattanooga is in the process of relocating more than a hundred of Chattanooga’s homeless population living in what’s being called Tent City.
“It’s horrible,” Tent City resident Martinez said.
Martinez has been living in Tent City for a few weeks.
And he’s ready to get out.
Friday, one woman had a seizure and needed to be taken to the hospital for observation.
“Everybody out here. We’re homeless. We need help. And if there’s anybody out there that can help us save what we do have,” Martinez said.
Chattanooga’s homeless coordinator Sam Wolfe said the area off East 11th street used to be an industrial dump site, and now it’s not saffe for anyone to live there.
But Wolfe says they’ve already had dozens and dozens of people apply to get permanent housing.
“We’re just going to try and get as many people housed as we can in the time frame that we have and take it one day at a time
Wolfe said they want to clear Tent City before the weekend is over. Residents can sleep at the recently re-opened shelter for the next two weeks.
But some people like Thomas don’t want to leave.
“Out here is a lot better than when you’re in the shelter,” Thomas said,
Others said the cold, wet weather helped them make up their mind.
Volunteers and extra staff from the Community Kitchen are expected to be back out again Saturday, helping people make the move down the street.
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