Homeless squatters told to leave

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Posted: Nov 5, 2009 6:07 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Nov 5, 2009 9:21 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: homeless, squatters, bridge, Baton Rouge, North Boulevard, overpass, 17th Street, St. Vincent de Paul, shelter

A group of homeless squatters living under a bridge in Baton Rouge were given one day to clear out Thursday morning.

The group feels they aren't bothering anyone and doesn't know why they can't stay under the North Boulevard Overpass near 17th Street.

"We're sleeping here under an overpass in the back corner of the city," said Gary Wordlaw, a homeless man who is legally blind. "No one can see us, but you can't keep sweeping the homeless problem under the ground either. We're here, we exist."

The St. Vincent de Paul shelter, only a block away, has opened its doors to the group. News 2 saw at least two of the squatters seeking shelter there.

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