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Apr 5, 2013 8:39 PM by Siera Santos, ssantos@koaa.com

Homeless camps popping up with warmer weather

Warmer temperatures mean less of our area's homeless are heading into shelters.

One shelter has already shut its doors for the season. Though the problem with homeless camps in Colorado Springs isn't nearly as bad as it was a few years ago, it's creating a problem for law enforcement and the folks who have no where else to go.

"It makes our job that much harder when we get more homeless individuals out on the street," said Officer Brett Iverson with the Homeless Outreach Team, "we do get people on private property so we do get complaints of that."

On Thursday, police arrested 13 people camping out on private property for outstanding warrants. While property owners want trespassers removed quickly, Iverson asks for patience because takes time.

One of the homeless men has been camped out on private property for six months. Earlier this week, Tommy was told to get out by 5 p.m. on Friday or be thrown in jail. His tent is furnished with a homemade wood-burning stove and a small candy dish with M&M's.

When asked if he was upset that he had to abandon his "home," he said he had never thought of it that way.

"The inside of the tent is my home," Tommy said, "and that could be anywhere."

Tommy doesn't want to live the homeless lifestyle for the rest of his life. He hopes to get things straightened out and get an apartment and have his own business.

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