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Bristol Homeless Encampment Clears Out

(File photo by Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images)

(File photo by Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images)

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BRISTOL, Pa. (AP) — The remaining residents of a suburban Philadelphia homeless camp have moved out on the order of authorities to make way for a new warehouse.

The last residents of the enclave near a hospital in Bristol, Bucks County, had been ordered to leave Tuesday.

The camp of tents and other structures had existed for at least 20 years but a 253,000-square-foot warehouse was approved in 2005.

Members of Widows Sons, a Freemasons motorcycle group, helped dismantle and move belongings with a flatbed truck.

The Bucks County Courier Times says some residents entered shelters or treatment for mental health or substance abuse issues.

A new faith-based group, The Way Home, is leasing a home for five former camp residents.

But the paper says most residents simply set up camp elsewhere.


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