Fri., July 11, 2014 8:30am (EDT)

Savannah Homeless Camp Evictions Set For Saturday Morning
By Sarah McCammon
Updated: 2 weeks ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
About 4,000 people in Savannah were homeless last year, according to state officials. Photo Credit: Sarah McCammon
About 4,000 people in Savannah were homeless last year, according to state officials. Photo Credit: Sarah McCammon
A few dozen people still living in outdoor homeless camps on Savannah’s east side have until Saturday morning to move.

Cindy Murphy Kelley, executive director of the Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless, says police and city officials are urging the camp residents to move before 8 a.m. Saturday, when heavy equipment will begin preparing the area for construction work.

City officials and social service groups have been working for several weeks to relocate more than 90 people living in the wooded area off east President Street.

Murphy Kelley estimates around 40 people were still living in the tents as of mid-week.

Volunteers are scheduled to help clean up the area later Saturday morning.