Volunteers Help Tent City Homeless Relocate Before Shutdown

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DALLAS -- It's called “Tent City,” and it's set for the ultimate shutdown. The City of Dallas plans to get rid of the camp for the homeless who live under I-45 by May 4th.

While that's still two weeks away, volunteers like Tanya Ragan are already helping those in the camp transition towards a better life.

“We're walking through Tent City working with Dallas Life to visit with the people here," Ragan said. "And trying to convince them to come to the shelter."

Some were open to a helping hand but others, not so much, rejecting the option of living in a shelter.

But Dallas officials, like Director of Health and Human Services, Zach Thompson, are telling Tent City residents that ready or not, it's time for a change.

“For those who are ready to go, we need to move them into independence, move them into housing," Thompson told NewsFix. "Those who are not ready to go, then we need to look at other options.”

With over 200 people who need to be moved out, Thompson says this will take a full community effort, “We need residents who are seeing this to say, I'm willing to adopt, I'm willing to mentor a homeless person that is being moved from Tent City for a year to two years as they move from this whole transition from Tent City to independence.'”