HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) – One week ago, Huntsville City and non-profit leaders announced that people living in a large homeless camp known as “tent city” would have to move.
It was located on Mill Street, and was inside of the Church Street construction zone.
We went to the location today and there are still a lot of tents, clothes, and personal items scattered all around the camp, where dozens of people used to live.
We’re told everyone has moved, but when it comes to sex offenders, several of them say they didn’t have many options.
They came to us, asking to be interviewed.
“All of these organizations that have come out here don’t help sex offenders. They do not help sex offenders. They have came out here many times and I’ve offered to help the folks to get them and housing. All except for sex offenders because there is no help for housing for sex offenders in the state that they can get us into,” said homeless sex offender Lawrence Azbell.
Several non-profits offered the residents of tent-city shelter and help, including food, showers, and places to sleep. However, those non-profits can’t offer shelter to sex offenders because of safety rules and laws.
“It’s against the violation of the Alabama sex offender registry requirements. It requires you to be 2000 feet away from any school or day care or any place where children congregate,” said Azbell.