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Homeless camp asked to move

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

"This is their home, and it's kind of sad that they have to evacuate their home," says Spencer Bradley as he and a number of volunteers arrive to the wooded area behind Target in Coeur d'Alene, an area used heavily by the homeless over the last ten years.

More than 60 people have built encampments in this area, and on October 9th, they were told by city officials that they needed to be out by October 29th. The land had been sold and new owners are preparing to develop the area. The morning of the 29th was emotional, as residents of this makeshift tent city prepared to say goodbye to their homes. Volunteers from a number of churches in the area lent a hand to make the move easier and to provide much needed assistance.

"We've got a truck and trailer to load up. We're bringing it to a safe and secure location, somewhere where we can keep their stuff until we can find something better," says Jessica Gravelle, another volunteer.

While many volunteers just saw this as helping those in need, for Bradley and Gravelle, it was much more than that.

"I'm homeless," says Gravelle. "So is Spencer, but I was recently blessed with two jobs and I know there's more I can do to help here than anywhere else."

Having accepted help through various organizations, Gravelle and Bradley are currently working off the "homeless" title. Helping out today wasn't an option, and they say they needed to be here.

"I just want to be there and support them. Give them a hug, you know, and tell them everything is going to be okay," says Bradley.

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