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Providence tent city residents promise to move

About two dozen people who've occupied a tent city in Providence, Rhode Island, since January have agreed to leave by Sept. 8.
/ Source: The Associated Press

About two dozen people who've occupied a tent city in Providence, Rhode Island, since January have agreed to leave by Sept. 8.

But they're also filing a claim against Providence and East Providence, arguing that the cities should be doing more to help them.

The tent city is located beneath an interstate bridge, and has been dubbed Camp Runamuck. At least one resident says it's better than a shelter because it's safer, there are no restrictive hours, it's not crowded, and people can leave their things there during the day.

A spokeswoman for Rhode Island's governor says outreach workers have been to the site several times already to help people sign up for benefits, give them mental health evaluations and other help.

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CUT 268 (08/14/09)>> 00:13 "workers assistance workers"

Amy Kempe (kehmp)

Amy Kempe, a spokeswoman for the governor's office, says the state took the tent city residents to court after trying to help them all along.

CUT 269 (08/14/09)>> 00:11 "under a bridge"

Amy Kempe (kehmp)

Amy Kempe, a spokeswoman for the governor's office, says the state took the ten city residents to court to have them removed from state property.

CUT 270 (08/14/09)>> 00:08 "an appropriate solution"

Amy Kempe (kehmp)

Amy Kempe, a spokeswoman for the governor's office, says the ten city residents were living on state property under a bridge and under an overpass that's going to be demolished.

CUT 271 (08/14/09)>> 00:05 "with the shelters"

Peter DeSimone

Peter DeSimone, who represents residents in the Camp Runamuck tent city, says the agreement for his clients to leave the camp by Sept. 8 is not an adequate solution to their problems.

CUT 272 (08/14/09)>> 00:10 "any adequate alternatives"

Peter DeSimone

Attorney Peter DeSimone, who represents residents in the Camp Runamuck tent city, says his clients have until Sept. 8 to leave their campground.

CUT 273 (08/14/09)>> 00:11 "under a bridge"

Peter DeSimone

Attorney Peter DeSimone, attorney who represents residents in the Camp Runamuck tent city, says officials have an obligation to provide for the poor and needy.

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: Judy McGill closes her tent in an area where a camp has sprung up under a bridge in Providence, R.I. Friday, Aug. 7, 2009. State authorities say the campers are trespassing on land owned by the transportation department, and want to shut down this and another nearby tent city.