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Video purportedly shows large Harrrton County homeless camp

In Talk of East Texas

By staff
Aug. 3, 2017 at 11:50 a.m.
Updated Aug. 3, 2017 at 11:51 a.m.

A video posted this week on Facebook shows a large homeless camp in Harrison County, according to user Justin Clark who posted it.

The text with the post reads simply, "This is what the woods look like where they stay. 59 and I20 homeless camp." The text does not more specifically say what is meant by "they," but the area is known to be frequented by people looking for rides or money.

The video appears to be referring to Interstate 20 and U.S. 59 in Harrison County.

The video is slightly less than a minute and a half in length, and it begins by showing a path through trees with bikes, chairs, tables, sleeping quarters, other assorted items and piles of trash lining the walkway.

A sign on a bike at the beginning of the video reads, "Homeless not hopeless."

Toward the end of the video, another encampment away from the trash comes into view with a pair of jeans hanging on a makeshift clothesline before a dog comes into a view and a voice can be heard. The video then stops. 

The video had been viewed more than 20,000 times as of about noon on Thursday and shared on Facebook more than 300 times.

There are also dozens of comments on the post. Some of the commenters appear to feel sympathy for the people who stay in the camp, while others would like them banned or put to work. Below is a sampling of the comments. What's your take?



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