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Homeless group forced to leave tent city

FORT WORTH, TX (CNN) - A large group of homeless people in Texas will soon be looking for a new place to live. They have been living in a so called "tent city," and are now being forced to move.

Anjanette Collazo, 23, has hidden a secret tent she calls home from friends, classmates and even family.

Collazo, who is training to be a pharmacy technician, wants a job and real home. She is especially desperate because she is pregnant.

"This is real life, and this does happen," Collazo said. "Everybody's not bad, everybody's not out here because it's their fault, you know. Some of us are kind of forced in this situation and others are not."

Word leaked out about the tent city after it had gotten very bad. Collazo's tent is one of nearly 60 outside of downtown Fort Worth, TX, and now they are being pushed out.

The city gave the property owner, a private company, 10 days to get rid of the camp, saying it's a health and safety threat.

Area shelters are prepared and stand ready to bring the tent dwellers in.

"We allow any homeless person to come into our doors," said Toby Owen with Presbyterian Night Shelter.

But the homeless people said the shelters are much worse, and they'll find another camp before going to any shelter.

The homeless camp residents are trespassing on the property owner's land, and they have the right to call in the police anytime for help moving them.

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