Homeless living in San Francisco 'tent city' fight evacuation order

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Homeless living in San Francisco 'tent city' fight evacuation order
A homeless woman sits with a bag containing her belongings Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in San Francisco. Crews in San Francisco have begun sweeping out a homeless camp under the city's Central Freeway that was declared a health hazard and for months has been a source of irritation for neighbors and nearby businesses. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
A San Francisco Public Works employee removes garbage from a homeless encampment Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in San Francisco. Crews in San Francisco on Tuesday began sweeping out a homeless camp under the city's Central Freeway that was declared a health hazard and for months has been a source of irritation for neighbors and nearby businesses. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
A homeless man sorts through his belongings Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in San Francisco. Crews in San Francisco have begun sweeping out a homeless camp under the city's Central Freeway that was declared a health hazard and for months has been a source of irritation for neighbors and nearby businesses. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Workers from the San Francisco Public Works remove garbage from a homeless encampment Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in San Francisco. Crews in San Francisco on Tuesday began sweeping out a homeless camp under the city's Central Freeway that was declared a health hazard and for months has been a source of irritation for neighbors and nearby businesses. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
A homeless couple gather their belongings in San Francisco, Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Crews in San Francisco on Tuesday began sweeping out a homeless camp under the city's Central Freeway that was declared a health hazard and for months has been a source of irritation for neighbors and nearby businesses. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
A city worker tells a homeless man that the area next to him on is about to be power washed and points to an area he might want to move Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor's office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Johnnie Gibson has a bowl of soup outside his tent along Division Street Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor's office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
City workers haul away debris from the remains of a tent city along Division Street Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor's office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A man carries debris to a garbage truck after packing up his tent along Division Street Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor's office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A city worker sweeps away debris from the remains of a tent city as a couple packs up along Division Street Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor's office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A city worker helps a couple pack up their tent along Division Street Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor's office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A city worker pours bleach on the sidewalk where a tent city stood along Division Street Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor's office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A woman sweeps outside her plywood home along Division Street Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor's office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
City workers clear away debris from the remains of a tent city as a man sits with his belongings along Division Street Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor's office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A city worker carries away debris from a tent city along Division Street Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor's office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
City workers clear away debris from the remains of a tent city along Division Street Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor's office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
City workers clear away debris from the remains of a tent city along Division Street Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor's office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
City workers clear away debris from the remains of a tent city along Division Street Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor's office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Angela Flax packs up her tent at an encampment along Division Street Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor's office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A city worker uses a power washer to clean the sidewalk by a tent city along Division Street Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor's office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A number of syringes are seen in the remains of a tent city being cleared by city workers along Division Street Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor's office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A man stand outside his tent on Division Street Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in San Francisco. San Francisco health officials declared a tent city that has been growing along a city street a health hazard and gave homeless people living on the sidewalk 72 hours to clear the area. The Department of Public Health said notices declaring the area along Division Street a public nuisance and encouraging homeless people to move to city shelters would be posted Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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City officials have given a large homeless encampment under a highway overpass in San Francisco 72 hours to move out because the living conditions have become extremely hazardous. The streets are littered with feces, urine and hypodermic needles. The tents, which at one point were more widely dispersed, were moved to the overpass area to get shelter from the rain.

The camp is just a small part of a huge problem. There are thousands of homeless people in San Francisco and most of the shelters are already full.

"I'm not going to let somebody run me out of somewhere where I've made my home," camper Patrita Tripp told Fox News, "Where am I supposed to go?"

Tent Cities Force San Francisco to Confront Homelessness

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