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Tony Simmons
Homeless encampment an issue at City Hall
Homeless encampment an issue at City Hall

Homeless advocates and a city councilwoman sharply criticized Monday a Rawlings-Blake administration plan to remove an encampment of about a dozen homeless people this week from under the Interstate 83 overpass in central Baltimore. But administration officials defended the move as a safety measure, designed to protect homeless men and women from a camp they say is overrun by drugs, alcohol and violence. "I'm concerned about the safety of the individuals in the encampment," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Monday. "That's why we've had workers out there connecting with each and every one of them. There are shelter beds available. ... There's also...