City’s plan to move people from 11th street homeless encampment

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Chattanooga is preparing to remove the homeless from a camp along the railroad tracks of Norfolk Southern on East 11th street.

They’ve been notifying the 150 residents for the last couple of months about the move.

The final move date is May 31st.

The city is working with local homeless aide organizations and Norfolk Southern to find them new housing options.

The railroad has complained about safety issues from people walking along their tracks and climbing on trains.

“Active railroad tracks are a dangerous place and citizens should be very cautious when approaching them – especially when trains are present and could potentially move,” said Norfolk Southern Police Director Mark Sinquefield. “We’re grateful the city recognized the safety issues at stake and for the work of the mayor’s office to find an outcome that benefits everyone.

The goal is to move the encampment residents into either permanent housing or the city’s temporary encampment, which is opening soon.

Mayor Kelly says “I’m proud of our service providers and community partners who are working diligently and alongside our team to ensure residents of the property are quickly housed.”

 “I am also grateful to Norfolk Southern for committing resources for relief and rehousing efforts and for being flexible on a timeline to allow the city to come into compliance with safety requirements on their property.”

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