City cleaning two downtown homeless camps

The City of Houston is cleaning up homeless camps in downtown.

HOUSTON - The City of Houston announced two big homeless camps under Highway 59 downtown will be getting a deep cleaning this week.

According to the Mayor's Office, they are not forcing anyone out and all personal items will be left alone. 

The city will remove trash and debris tomorrow from Caroline Street to Almeda Road. On Thursday, they will work from Ruiz to Preston Street. 

Both locations are home to the largest "tent cities" in Houston. 

Mayor Sylvester Turner has called on a federal judge to let the city clear out the encampments after an uptick in crime, including two recent murders.

“It doesn’t make sense to allow our residents to live in squalor when we can provide a safer, cleaner area for our homeless population. We continue the fight to balance their rights, versus the rights of residents who live in the area to also have a safer, cleaner neighborhood,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. 

The ACLU is challenging the plan in court. 

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