Tent City Near Fair Park To Be Shut Down

The clock is ticking on another "tent city" in Dallas.

Soon, dozens of people who live under the Interstate 30 bridge at Haskell Avenue will have to leave, as the State Fair of Texas begins at nearby Fair Park.

Notices to vacate are being passed out this week throughout the encampment, which is divided into two sections.

Section 1 has to leave by Thursday, Oct. 6. Section 2 must leave by Oct. 25.

In August, 82 people lived in 106 tents at the Haskell encampment. It's seen a steady increase in residents since January.

Dallas City Council members remain divided on how to spend allocated funds to clear the homeless camp known as Tent City in time for the State Fair of Texas.

The Haskell encampment is the third major tent city to be shut down in Dallas since May.

"Some people are out here because they don't want to follow the rules of like an apartment or even a motel, but some are out here because they can't do anything else," said a tent city resident, Kevin, who has lived under the Haskell Avenue bridge for three years.

The city and various non-profit organizations are helping many of the homeless find housing once the encampments are closed.

They will distribute resource information to residents ahead of the closure.

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