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Charlotte's Tent City And An Update On Homelessness In The Queen City

CMPD says the property owner asked to have this homeless encampment cleared Friday.
David Boraks
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WFAE

Just drive down Interstate 277 or near 12th and Tryon streets in Charlotte and you will see it: a "Tent City" of homeless people.

Those tents are their homes and the presence of this exploding cluster of tents is testament to the need for affordable housing in Charlotte.

This isn’t a new problem, but Tent City has brought new urgency to finding a solution.

Mecklenburg County Health Director Gibbie Harris announced on Tuesday that the residents of Tent City must leave due to health risks related to a growing rat infestation at the site.

Mike Collins and a panel of experts sit down to talk about why it exists, what the conditions are like and what will happen to residents when Tent City is shut down.

Guests:

David Boraks, WFAE news reporter

Malcolm Graham, District 2 representative on Charlotte City Council, and the executive director of Beds For Kids

Liz Clasen-Kelly, CEO of Roof Above

Deronda Metz, director of social services at the Salvation Army Center of Hope Shelter in Charlotte

Charlotte Talks Executive Producer Wendy Herkey has been with WFAE since 1998, beginning in the membership department, and has been on the Charlotte Talks staff since 1999.