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Homeless camp cleanup to be rescheduled

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Nearly 100 homeless folks are settling into a new home after the city took over their camp. Crews will soon be working on the land at General McIntosh Boulevard and President Street to fix drainage issues.

Volunteers were supposed to begin cleaning the camp Saturday but the rain ruined those plans.

WTOC spoke to one man who has lived at this homeless camp for more than a year. Many folks are having to leave the place they've called home for so long because it will be turned into a staging area for the city's drainage project that will help to reduce flooding.

"That's a lot of money, I don't see it happening," said homeless camper Donald Abel.

Abel says he'll believe it when he sees it. He's pessimistic about the city's initiative to fix the drainage problem but despite being told to move, he says he's ready for some change.

"I've already bought a new tent and set up camp out there. I can't wait to get out there," said Abel.  

He's not moving far, just down the street near the Truman Parkway. The Savannah Housing Authority has been helping folks move and offering them to stay at shelters but Abel says living outside is sometimes safer than staying at a shelter.

"If you go there, it's a guarantee you're going to get robbed. You can't even go in there and take a shower without someone cleaning out your pockets and taking your cell phone," said Abel.  

Most of the homeless at this camp have already moved out. All that's left are big dumpsters that volunteers will soon fill with trash. 

According to Abel, they won't have much to pick up because they've kept their camp clean.

"I don't like trash laying around, I hate trash," said Abel.  

The camp cleanup will be rescheduled, no word yet on when that will be.

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