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Homeless Men Clear Camp, Share Struggle

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Roy and Shane were cleaning out their camp after police officers told them they would have to vacate.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Roy and Shane were clearing out their camp after police officers told them they would have to vacate.

"We're doing all we can do just to get by to see tomorrow," Shane said. "You could be here tomorrow just like I'm here today."

The city of Springfield changed its protocol Monday for how to handle homeless camps.

Shane and Roy say living in tents and tarps surrounded by mud and trees just off a busy Springfield street is not the life they want.

"Something no one can explain, but something so tragic happened in your past, it kicks your butt every day for the rest of your life, excuse my language," Shane said.

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Shane and Roy do utilize shelters, like Church of Christ and The Salvation Army, for a warm place to sleep on the coldest nights, but they say every day is a struggle.

"We don't do nothing. We don't panhandle or bum," Roy said.

"I don't feel safe nowhere I go," Shane said.  Been that way for 25 years.  You can walk down the street with a backpack here and you're a target."

It's a community all its own, apart from society -- still close to home.

"If it wasn't for some of the guys who live here, I know people who wouldn't be around," said Shane.  "They'd be dead."



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