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A clean quiet apartment beats tramp camp any day

Posted at 2:58 PM on June 28, 2006 by Mike Edgerly

Ever heard of 'tramp camp'? I hadn't, until Elizabeth Stawicki's report on the growing number of elderly people who are living on the streets in Minnesota.

Tramp Camp is the street name for the downtown Minneapolis shelter of last resort for homeless men. Secure Waiting Space is its official name and on any given day the shelter sleeps 125 or so men. Many of them are 55 or older.

But the story here is the effort undertaken by one shelter worker who thinks senior citizens shouldn't have to live on the streets. Or in a shelter.

Elizabeth's story airs Thursday on Morning Edition at 6:50 or 7:20 a.m.