City of Houston cleaning up homeless camp

City personnel and community agencies are working together this morning to remove some 45 residents from a homeless camp under the Wheeler Overpass and clean up the area in Midtown.

With help from The Houston Coalition for the Homeless, The Way Home, and the Texas Department of Transportation, the city aims to move the residents into permanent housing and clear away accumulated debris from beneath the bridge.

Once cleaned up, Mayor Sylvester Turner says the property will be fenced off and converted into a parking lot for METRO buses.

The city says the camp, on Wheeler next to a Fiesta grocery store, has been a public nuisance and health hazard. Moreover, its residents have become targets of crime and predators, and nearby homeowners say they’ve had property vandalized.


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