HOUSTON, TX - Houston's homeless have been forced to leave an encampment in Midtown. Dozens of people have been living in this Midtown tent city. Now, the Houston Health Department says so much waste has accumulated, and it's posed a dangerous health hazard. City leaders plan to do what they call "deep clean" of this area, and then they'll allow people to come back.
Houston city leaders say they'll store people's belongings as long as they can fit into bags, but anything larger like mattresses or furniture will be thrown away if someone doesn't move it. City workers also say they'll help transport people to shelters. This area was declared a public health nuisance because of diseases and parasites city leaders say have been breeding here.
"People are living really close to that waste, that food waste, those droppings from animals, that human waste and so there are a lot of flies that poses a danger to people. We don't want people to come down with Salmonella, Hepatitis," said Porfirio Villarreal with the Houston Health Department.
Leaders haven't said exactly how long the cleanup will take, but they'll store people's belonging for up to 90 days.