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Occupy Madison move out deadline set


MADISON (WKOW) -- Tents pitched on the 800-block of East Washington Avenue will have to come down Sunday and the homeless people there will need to move. 

"We're a community -- we look after each other, we help each other out, so yeah, we'll stick together," said Dan, who was part of the original group that lived on the Occupy Madison site last year. Now that Occupy Madison has been asked to move out again, the same problems remain. "We don't give up, ya know? We need housing -- they're not doing very much for us," Dan said.

The decision to clear the area ultimately came from the Mayor's Office. Mayor Soglin said the city and county have the resources to provide shelter for most of the 20 to 25 people there. "We spent millions and millions of dollars on people who have housing needs and can't afford housing -- we have a system that can take folks in. We cannot set up a different housing solution for everyone who wants to write their own rules," Soglin said.

But some of those we spoke with said it's not that simple; they've been banned from local shelters or they have criminal records that keep them from getting any sort of housing.  

"That's part of the difficulty in this situation, is that the options are limited," Madison Police Captain Carl Gloede said. He's been working with the community since they set up in 2011. In a cooperative effort, Gloede has extended the original Friday move out deadline to Sunday at 3:00 p.m. for those living on the site. "I've had very favorable dealings with the Occupy movement here in Madison," he said. He also expects Sunday's move out to run smoothly, just like last time.

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