“Tent City” near rescue mission to be removed, 60 living there must move

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Residents living in “Tent City” near the Topeka Rescue Mission will soon have to find a new place to set up their homes.

According to a news release from the Topeka/Shawnee County Homeless Task Force, the homeless community sits on railroad owned property.

They say Kansas Statute 21-5809; Trespassing on Railroad Property, will be enforced and nearly 60 people will have to leave the area starting March 2nd.

HTF said they are assessing the need for emergency shelter and transitional housing for those who will need to move.

“HTF felt it was imperative to share this information with our community in a timely manner,” said Corrie Wright, HTF Chair. “We have been working with community partners to notify those affected and we will continue to do so in the coming days.”

HTF says they will release more information about assistance for those in “Tent City” at a later date.