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Vancouver enforcing new ordinance preventing daytime camping by homeless

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

Some of the homeless population of downtown Vancouver were told to move Monday as the city works to enforce a new ordinance.

Campers on West 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue were told that they must pack up every morning at 6:30, but can pitch their tents again at 9:30 p.m.

The times are part of the restrictions with the ordinance that now allows camping in a public place within city limits.

Bill Hern, who's been homeless since losing his job at WalMart two years ago, said the new ordinance makes it hard to stay warm and dry during the day.

"There’s the library and some folks stay at the Gazebo," said Hern.  "You have to find something to do, but it’s tough."

The city hopes a nearby day shelter ran by the group Friends of the Carpenter can open sometime next month.

Currently, a winter hospitality overflow shelter is now open at St. Paul Lutheran Church, but it is an overnight shelter only, and there is usually a waiting list to get in.

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