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With deadline approaching, residents of Minneapolis homeless camp are divided about moving


November 26, 2018

David Joles – Star Tribune

Angie Morrow, 40, warms herself by a portable propane heater in her broken-down Oldsmobile Silhouette minivan where she lives on the edge of the Hiawatha homeless encampment with two kittensTuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Minneapolis.

Early on a frigid morning this week, Sharon Lee Lovejoy and her two school-age grandchildren cuddled under a pile of blankets and sleeping bags in the back seat of her 1999 Jeep Cherokee, parked across from the large homeless encampment along Hiawatha Avenue in south Minneapolis.

The Lovejoys have come to this same corner on 22nd Street every night since they became homeless in early September. And despite multiple visits from outreach workers, Lovejoy insists that living in the shadows of a homeless camp - near many of her friends and relatives - is safer than living in an emergency homeless shelter.

David Joles – Star Tribune

Sharon Lee Lovejoy, 49, right, sits in her 1999 Ford Explorer with her 11 year-old granddaughter. Lovejoy lives on the edge of the Hiawatha homeless encampment with her son and two grandchildren Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Minneapolis, Later in the morning, Lovejoy transported her two grandchildren, a girl, 11, and a boy, 10, to school then drove downtown to work a shift as a dishwasher at a Thai restaurant.


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