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Wed Mar 1, 2017, 12:04 AM

Mesa homeless camp told to vacate state land

Camp Alpha, a Mesa homeless camp started by a veterans’ organization near the Loop 202, has a week to move after the Arizona Department of Transportation served a notice to vacate state land late Friday afternoon.

Tim Tait, an ADOT spokesman, said conditions at the camp have deteriorated since December, when ADOT gave Veterans on Patrol a reprieve a few days before Christmas. ADOT posted a large sign, however, warning people not to trespass on state property, days before the reprieve was issued.

“It is no longer safe to stay at the homeless camp,” Tait said.

Known as Camp Alpha, it was started for homeless veterans and for other homeless people by a volunteer organization based in Tucson. Lewis Arthur, the camp’s founder, explained at the time that no drug or alcohol use was allowed inside the camp’s perimeter.

Read more: http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/local/mesa/mesa-homeless-camp-told-to-vacate-state-land/article_bad5a656-fb20-11e6-a04f-c74dc0f54ad9.html

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