Mayor Pugh authorizes plan to move homeless out of tent city

Posted at 11:00 AM, Aug 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-24 11:00:54-04

The homeless who have been camping outside of Baltimore City Hall are being moved out.

Since last Monday, activists with the "tent city" group gathered at the war memorial plaza with bright red tents to demonstrate their frustration with the issue.

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Now, Mayor Catherine Pugh has authorized a plan that she says will provide immediate and long-term solutions for the city's homeless population. The people from the tent city gathering will be moved to transitional housing for at least two weeks while a more permanent solution can be found.

"It's non traditional it's not based the same way we've been handling homelessness," said Mayor Pugh. "It's a little different and it takes some faith. Instead of having these loop holes and requirements and pre requests they need to get housing we say no we give you your dingy now then wrap those services around you.

There were about 55 people camped outside city hall. An old elementary school in the Upton neighborhood has been converted into a housing area for them.