SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - Many of Utah's homeless are being told to the road. Hundreds of them have been living up City Creek Canyon and this week Salt Lake area leaders are trying to clear them out.
Homeless people camping in Salt Lake's City Creek Canyon are now they're being told they have to go.
"Neither of us have jobs, she's on SSI," said John, a homeless man.
They're part a large group of transients who call the canyon their home. Salt Lake area leaders want them out.
"A lot of litter and trash is left behind and City Creek is a protective water shed, which it is the water that we drink here in SLC," said one leader.
Some of the homeless feel like they have no where else to turn.
"Or family, we don't even have that," said John.
"No we don't have anybody to fall back on," said Alma, a homeless woman.
"Yah, we don't have anybody to fall back on," John said.
ABC 4 Utah is told homeless camping in the canyon during good weather months is a popular thing to do. Rescue Mission of Salt Lake Executive Director Chris Croswhite said they have room in the shelter, but many prefer to camp.
"What my homeless friends are telling me personally, they want their freedom, the want their independence," said Chris Croswhite, Rescue Mission of Salt Lake, Executive Director.
"You gotta be here at a certain time and you can't leave until 6 o'clock in the morning," said Laurence Morgan, a homeless man.
Some of the homeless Reporter Brian Carlson spoke with said it's also dangerous downtown.
"It's safer being away from the city, the traffic.. you don't have people come up trying to assault you, and take your purse," said Cheryl Kellenberger, a homeless woman.
They said being in the Canyon provides security and is still close to helpful services. Now that the canyon is no longer an option, those being evicted may not know what to do. But for the time being, they're trying to remain optimistic.
"We'll be okay, we're survivors," said John.
ABC 4 Utah is told homeless people living up the canyon will be evicted all week long.
Area leaders are expected to be back out Tuesday morning clean up any trash left behind.
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