Homeless forced to leave encampment in Washtenaw County

Scio Township homeless asked to leave 'Camp Take Notice'

Published On: Jun 21 2012 10:29:49 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 22 2012 01:22:11 PM EDT
SCIO TOWNSHIP, Mich. -

The state is giving residents of a homeless encampment near a highway west of Ann Arbor more time to clear out after being told to remove their belongings from the area ahead of a state-imposed deadline to clear out by Friday.

AnnArbor.com report the state is putting up an 8-foot-tall, chain-link fence to block people from returning to the site in Washtenaw County's Scio Township that's known as "Camp Take Notice."

The state has said anyone at the camp could be cited for trespassing.

Mark Sweeney, a regional manager for the Michigan Department of Transportation, said the shutdown comes after complaints from area residents about the use of the site as a homeless encampment.

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority is working on a program that provides camp residents with one year's rent.