St. Louis City Begins Shutting Down Homeless Camps

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - St. Louis city officials started clearing out three homeless encampments downtown by the riverfront.  They are on Lewis Street, not far from Leonore K. Sullivan.  They will all be closed in the next two weeks.

The camps are called "Hopeville, Dignity Harbor, and Sparta." City leaders say there are about 30 people living in the camps. Dignity Harbor is set to be cleared out Friday.  People started moving to the riverfront camps in 2010 after an abandoned tunnel underneath Tucker Boulevard was filled in.

At least 10 of the 45 residents were relocated to North County hotels.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said in a statement, "the solution to homelessness is homes, not temporary encampments...We are committed to offering stable, decent housing to people living in the encampments. But allowing the encampments to continue is not an option."

After Dignity Harbor closes on Friday, Hopeville will close May 11.  Sparta will be shut down on May 18th.