Providence Orders People Living On Vacant Lot To Leave

(Providence, RI)--A homeless encampment in Providence has been ordered to clear out.The encampment, which is in a vacant lot off Wilson Avenue, has a community garden and shower.The city sent a letter threatening civil and criminal prosecution if the group does not comply.At the same time, a city spokesperson says the eviction is for the safety of the dozen-or-so people living in the encampment, and that shelter options and other resources are being provided.But homeless advocates in Rhode Island say there are hundreds of individuals waiting for shelter beds right now.

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