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Westport Encampment Residents Say They Are 'Houseless' Not Homeless

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A group of tents and tarps on a grassy site with bare trees on either side, tire tracks leading to and away from the encampment and buildings across the street behind it.
Lukas Kenney
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KCUR
Homeless encampments in Westport (shown here) and downtown near City Hall have brought awareness to the issue of homelessness in the Kansas City area.

In both Westport and downtown at City Hall, encampments are bringing awareness to the issue of homelessness in the Kansas City area.

The residents of the makeshift communities are looking to be provided with housing to help them get back on their feet and progress is being made on that front. We learn more about how the encampments were organized, and what goals the occupants are hoping to achieve.

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