Homeless look for new places to set up camp

Homeless look for new places to set up camp

Macon's homeless say they're trying to figure out their next steps after being ordered to leave areas along the Ocmulgee River.

Tuesday, we found some in shelters and some tents in areas where county workers asked them to clear out.

Ace Karge use to live along the river in a tent. He left a few days before Bibb County started clear out campsites after an order from Mayor Robert Reichert. 

“If you’re going to move people, you should give them somewhere to go,” Karge said. “Everyone should have the right to lay their head somewhere, and everyone should have a right to keep their stuff.”

County spokesman Chris Floore said workers only focused on tearing down sites that were visible from public areas like Central City Park, so some tents may have been left behind. 

“If it gets found, I’ll probably end up getting all my stuff taken,” Karge said. 

He says some of his friends lost everything, but he didn’t want to risk it. 

“When it came down to it, I hid all my stuff and moved to a different location,” Karge said. “I still have stuff to go back to. However, every time I go back, I don’t know if I’m actually going back to anything.”

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