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Tent City to be shut down

May 24 2009
The Mayor of Sacramento promises alternative shelter for the encampment‘s residents A sprawling "tent city" of the homeless is to be shut down by the Mayor of Sacramento. In Sacramento, California's state capital, around 150 men and women are estimated to be living in a squalid encampment that has attracted worldwide attention as a symbol of US economic decline. Mayor Kevin Johnson has promised to make alternative shelter space available before he closes the ramshackle settlement, which he hopes will be within three weeks. He said: "We want to move as quickly as we can. We have to do whatever we can do. We're going to tackle it head-on." Sacramento has one of the highest mortgage foreclosure rates in the United States, and the number of homeless people in the city and surrounding county is estimated to have jumped by nearly 10 per cent last year to around 2,700. About half are believed to be living outdoors. The tent city site, near an almond-processing plant beside a railroad freight line, made global headlines after it was featured last month on The Oprah Winfrey Show.