Homeless race to move out of Longview, Wash. encampment after city declares public health emergency

The city of Longview says it does not consider homelessness a crime, so they are letting campers move to an adjacent city-owned parking lot.

LONGVIEW, Wash. — The homeless residents of a large campsite in Longview, Wash. raced to clear out their belongings and animals Monday morning. It was 11 a.m., and they were hastening to complete the move after the city declared the camp, located off Alabama Street, the source of a public health emergency. 

The city says it does not consider homelessness a crime, so officials facilitated a way for the campers to move onto an adjacent city-owned parking lot where they must each

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