News Release: Associated Press
July 8, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Police say the final residents of a large Gainesville homeless encampment will be evicted after complaints of drugs and criminal activity.
The so-called "Tent City" is expected to be cleared by midnight on Tuesday.
The camp in the woods south of Gainesville overlaps with several private properties, leading to complaints about crime and drugs.
Owners say they delayed requesting an eviction until a new homeless center, GRACE Marketplace, was completed July 1. But the center's opening was delayed by 90 days, prompting the owners' call for evictions.
The Gainesville Sun reports that homeless advocates have been working with the homeless to help them find new places to stay.
Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry Executive Director Theresa Lowe says the number of tents around her facility has been growing.