East Valley homeless veteran camp forced to shut down

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A homeless camp for veterans in the East Valley has been forced to move. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A homeless camp for veterans in the East Valley has been forced to move. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The group was set to move to a temporary location near 19th Avenue and Camelback Road in Phoenix but the City wouldn't allow it. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The group was set to move to a temporary location near 19th Avenue and Camelback Road in Phoenix but the City wouldn't allow it. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
At the camp in the East Valley, the equipment is being shipped down to a camp in Tucson. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) At the camp in the East Valley, the equipment is being shipped down to a camp in Tucson. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
EAST VALLEY (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Arizona Department of Transportation has ordered a veteran homeless camp to shut down after a number of issues including a death investigation.

The camp near the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway and McKellips Road was run by a group called "Veterans on Patrol." 

The group was set to move to a temporary location near 19th Avenue and Camelback Road in Phoenix, but the City wouldn't allow it. The lot in question was offered up by the landowner who was going to allow the group to stay up to 60 days.

However, the city says the lot is zoned only for commercial use and that camping isn't allowed.

The landowner faced the possibility of fines ranging from $100 to $2,500. The owner had to shut the camp down before it could open.

Organizers with Veterans on Patrol say that leaves very few options for a handful of homeless veterans. Some were able to get housing vouchers while others might have to simply sleep on the streets.

At the camp in the East Valley, the equipment is being shipped down to a camp in Tucson where the group will try to work to get the veterans the help they need.

[RELATED: Veterans help homeless veterans living at Mesa camp]

Veterans on Patrol is also planning on holding a march on Friday on Camelback Road in Phoenix in hopes of raising awareness and to get the attention of state and local leaders.

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