TYLER — Some fifteen people trespassing on railroad land were evicted from a makeshift campsite near Tyler’s downtown Monday evening. Last month, Union Pacific Railroad, the owner of the land, told campers they had four weeks to leave. Tyler’s Salvation Army tells KETK five former “tent city” residents came to its shelter Tuesday night. We’re told Union Pacific will remove any remaining items on the property by month’s end.
Meanwhile, a Tyler minister says he’s found a new place to stay for folks removed from their homeless encampment. Tim Harris is founder of Camp Ps91 mission. Harris, who isn’t homeless, has taken some residents from the encampment to a spot deeper in the woods which isn’t owned by the railroad. Harris says, “I hope to be able to put cabins on the property rather than tents to offer a place and a program to help people in their conditions get out of homelessness and come back into society.” He says there are plans to buy land, with help from churches and from donations. We’ll continue to follow this story as more developments occur.