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The Effects And Legality Of Homeless Camp Cleanouts

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Palco Marsh in Eureka, site of a homeless camp eviction in 2016.

They show up in the news all the time: events in which police and/or sanitation workers come to a homeless camp and clear the place out, people and all. 

There's compassion for the people who don't have permanent homes, but what about the people who do, and not far away?  It's a tricky situation, one we explore in this discussion. 

Rogue Retreat helps homeless people find homes; Julie Akins covers homeless issues as a journalist, works to create spaces for homeless people, and recently joined the Ashland City Council.  Matthew Vorderstrasse is the Rogue Retreat rep.  


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