Homeless vacated from Pontchartrain Expressway, change locations

  // Sunday, 17 August 2014 23:27 //

Past the corner of Calliope and Camp St. are dozens of tents. Most living in them, like Jack Duncan, moved there after the city of New Orleans cleared out their old encampment under the Pontchartrain Expressway a few blocks down.

"They're just pushing us from there to someplace else," said Duncan, who has been living on the streets for three months now. "They're just creating problems for businesses by having the homeless right there in front of them.


The New Orleans Health Department called the initial area a health hazard. Officials say conditions were so crowded, crews weren't able to clean or do pest control. More than 140 people were living under there. The city worked with shelters to provide beds and food, but only some took up the offer.

"We've had exactly 32 additional come in, men and women," said David Bottner with the New Orleans Mission.

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