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About 150 homeless people live beneath a New Orleans freeway face a Thursday evening deadline to vacate an area that city ...
officials say is overrun with rats and garbage. (Aug. 14)
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SHOTLIST:ASSOCIATED PRESS TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYNew Orleans, Louisiana - 13 August, 20141. Wide, homeless man on mattress under freeway2. Close, homeless man's foot3. Wide, homeless person, SUV drives past4. Mid, homeless person lying down5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tiffany Davis, Homeless: (transcript below)6. Mid, man near tent7. Close, laundry hanging8. Wide, homeless men sitting 9. Mid, man on chair10. SOUNDBITE (English) Tiffany Davis, Homeless: (transcript below)11. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Ronell Williams, Pastor: (transcript below)12. Wide, homeless people near exit ramp13. Mid, man sitting14. Close, picture of Jesus on wall15. Mid, Jesus picture above No Loitering sign16. Wide, mattress beneath freeway17. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Elijah Brooks, New Orleans Mission Work Program (transcript below)18. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Ronell Williams, Pastor (transcript below)19. Wide, people near exit ramp20. Wide, man near mattress under freeway21. Mid, pan sleeping bag, personal items22. Close, man's faceSCRIPT:ABOUT 150 HOMELESS PEOPLE IN NEW ORLEANS ARE FACING A DEADLINE.THE HOMELESS ARE LIVING UNDER AN ELEVATED STRETCH OF THE PONTCHARTRAIN EXPRESSWAY, AND THE CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS GIVEN THEM UNTIL THURSDAY EVENING TO GET OUT.SOUNDBITE (English) Tiffany Davis, Homeless: "What do you do? Where do you go? Who do you ask for help?"THE CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT HANDED OUT NOTICES ON MONDAY, COVERING A ONE-MILE STRETCH THAT'S FILLED WITH TENTS, COUCHES, ARMCHAIRS, MATRESSES, CARDBOARD BOXES AND BAGS OF CLOTHES.SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Tiffany Davis, Homeless" This is a tough situation. It's very hot and humid. People do the best they can and come out and help, but there's no bathrooms."SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Ronell Williams, Pastor"Well the city's gonna come and clean up and you know, ask some of them to move. And they're going to go to various programs that we have in the city."CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE AREA IS BEING CLOSED BECAUSE TRASH AND FILTH ARE ATTRACTING RATS.IT SAYS THE AREA NEEDS TO BE SCRUBBED SO RAT POISON CAN BE SET OUT.CITY OFFICIALS ALSO SAY THEY'VE WORKED WITH LOCAL HOMELSS SHELTERS TO MAKE SURE THERE'S SPACE FOR EVERYONE.SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Elijah Brooks, New Orleans Mission Work Program: "The mission offers a 21-day guest program, which means we'll give you a place to stay, we'll feed you, we'll give you a bath, we'll give you a bed to sleep in."SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Ronell Williams, Pastor" But we don't have a place where we can bring and house these people with mental illnesses."HOMELESS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CLEARED FROM BENEATH THE FREEWAY BEFORE, INCLUDING ONCE IN 20-11 AND ONCE IN 20-12, JUST BEFORE THE SUPER BOWL.SANDY KOZEL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.