INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Dozens of homeless people plan on standing their ground when the City of Indianapolis tries to evict them Monday morning.
A homeless community known as “Tent City” was given seven days to leave the public property, but some say they’re staying.
“They're just people, they're just people. They're somebody's son, they're somebody's daughter, they're, somebody's brother, somebody's sister,” says Dean Walker.
Walker is one of the many community members that visit Tent City once a week for a block party. This Sunday night the party was more somber as tenants had just hours to find a new place to call home.
“I really don't know because they're just going to end up some place else,” says Walker
Maurice is Tent City’s advocate.
“That's what I refer to as 'hide the homeless' because that's what's been done in the past,” says Maurice.
Maurice says, the city posted signs of the notice and in that time agencies said they would help find shelter, but so far Maurice says only four people have been helped.
“Let’s discuss some options that would be a win, win for all parties involved. I understand the business aspect of it. I understand the city's position on it and I understand the needs of this community is, so let’s come together and brainstorm and figure out what works for everybody,” says Maurice.
Until it's over, the camp operates as usual. They have a makeshift library still filled with books and their table with food. Those who are still left behind say they plan to fight for what they call home.
“We’re going to stand our ground peacefully and then we'll just play it by ear as it unfolds,” says Maurice.
Maurice says in years past, in similar situations, the city would forcefully move tenants by throwing out belongings in a dumpster. As of September 2012 it’s against federal law.
The law states police can only take property that seems abandoned or hazardous and then they must leave a notice on where that property is and keep it for up to 90 days.
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