Large homeless encampment found in southeast Memphis

Large homeless encampment found in southeast Memphis

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Under an overpass at Highway 385 near Quince Road is a homeless encampment.

Lynda Whalen, with the Southeast Memphis Neighborhood Partnership, found it during a neighborhood cleanup.

Shopper Josh Wilkins said, "I'm shocked cause I'd never really think somebody lived there."

Under the overpass there are tents, where at least six people live with their dogs.

A young boy helping said, "There's a dead man in the field." It was a homeless man asleep.

There are hundreds of bottles and cans strewn about.

Whalen said, "This is hurting the overall area. Not only businesses, but residential, [and] not to mention the homeless. This is no way to live. My heart goes out to them."

Whalen is talking with agencies to help the homeless and get the area cleaned up.

Community Alliance is the lead agency for the Memphis/Shelby County Homeless Consortium working to end homelessness in the community.

"We have a team of seasoned outreach workers and housing providers who are working with individuals who are unsheltered to help them find appropriate housing. Last week we screened the individuals in the camp that was pictured in the teaser. Outreach workers from our partners at the VA and a local mental health center are currently working with one of the individuals to find housing," said Chere' Bradshaw.

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