'Tent City' residents could get temporary housing at jail facility

Published: Mar. 23, 2016 at 1:13 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - People living in the homeless encampment known as "Tent City" may soon have a new, temporary place to live.

Charleston County Council approved a measure at their meeting Tuesday evening to allow the Charleston County Sheriff's Office work camp facility to be temporarily used to house homeless people currently living in the downtown Charleston encampment.

The North Charleston facility would be used as a shelter for no longer than 60 days, possibly beginning on April 6.

The facility, at 3841 Leeds Avenue, is oftentimes used as a warming shelter when overnight temperatures are low.  In the past, CARTA offered free rides to the warming shelter.

The measure was recommended by the finance committee in a special meeting Tuesday evening.  The committee also agreed to allow the county administrator to negotiate with the City of North Charleston and the Department of Corrections to explore possibly using an empty pre-release facility as a shelter for women and children.  The recommendation needs approval from County Council.

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