Flint-area homeless camp cleared out after decade - WNEM TV 5

Flint-area homeless camp cleared out after decade

BURTON, Mich. (AP) - A homeless encampment in a wooded wilderness that grew on the site of a former General Motors parking lot in the Flint area has been cleared out after about a decade of use.

The Flint Journal reports the area referred to by those who lived there as Tent City was cleared out this month under orders from Burton police. They lived without running water and electricity, and most left each winter to find shelter.

The population of Tent City was as high as 14 some summers. This year, five tents were clustered together among trees and shrubs growing through concrete, gravel and dirt.

The newspaper said it searched for weeks for the long-rumored Tent City, and visited with residents over the course of a month before it was closed.

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