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Burlington Progressives call homeless camp eviction ‘unconscionable’

A day after City crews cleared out the Sears Lane homeless encampment, Burlington’s Progressive city councilors are blasting the move.
Published: Dec. 11, 2021 at 8:05 PM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - A day after city crews cleared out the Sears Lane homeless encampment, Burlington’s Progressive city councilors blasted the move, calling it “unconscionable” and “inhumane.”

In a statement, the councilors said, in part, “We vehemently oppose the Mayor’s harmful actions taken at the Sears Lane encampment, and implore him to outline how the Administration is supporting those who they displaced, and share his plan to support all community members who are houseless going forward.”

The operation to shut down the camp and tear down the remaining illegal structures came nearly 60 days after the city served an eviction notice ordering residents to leave. Most accepted temporary housing weeks ago, but recently the camp started to grow again.

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