As Minneapolis officials discussed homeless camp strategies, camp residents feared closure


April 12, 2023

!uke (pronounced Luke) Earley stands with a sign near the East Phillips homeless encampment Tuesday in Minneapolis.

While the Minneapolis City Council prepared to hear a report Tuesday about the city's response to homeless encampments, occupants of a sprawling camp in the East Phillips neighborhood of south Minneapolis began packing after getting verbal warnings of imminent closure.

For 28-year-old Ivy Elliott and her partner, Julio Cerenio, 31, that meant rolling up the tent they had staked beside the eastbound on-ramp to Hwy. 55 for nearly two years.

"The people that are here, maybe they could just allow us to stay here until we are able to get into housing, and then we'll all slowly just move out of here," Elliott said.


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