DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The city of Dallas plans to shut down the homeless area known as “tent city” on May 4.READ MORE: 19-Year-Old Tello Hernandez Faces Intoxication Manslaughter Charge Following Fatal Crash
The area is home to about 300 people under Interstate 45 outside downtown and has been growing. But after two people were killed their earlier this year, the city council has voted to shut the area down.
Tom Mills is an attorney and says he and other members of the Highland Park Methodist Church will go down there to help with the relocation process.
“If they do get forcibly moved, I may be able to help them, in terms of getting them out of jail if they need to or getting friends or relatives to bail them out of jail. Whatever kind of legal or spiritual help we can give them.”READ MORE: Homeowner Terry Duane Turner Charged In Slaying Of Motorist Adil Dghoughi In His Driveway
Mills says many have mental problems and need to be on their medication and others are simply down on their luck.
“Some are alcoholics, some have drug problems, some are mentally ill. Some don’t have anything wrong with their record and are nice people but are broke and have no where else to go.”
Mills hopes to help many find a new home if he can. Dallas police will arrest those who refuse to leave by that date.MORE NEWS: Dallas Neighborhood Crime Spike Has Many Questioning, 'Is Uptown Going Downhill?'
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