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Business cited after setting up tent for homeless

Posted at 7:26 AM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 08:26:19-05

MODESTO, CA — A photography business in California is facing criticism for the way they decided to handle the state’s homeless crisis.

James and Lynette Scott put a tent behind their photography store to stop homeless people from camping in front of their business.

However, they were cited by the city, and now must take it down.

"This group has worked with us and so we have been willing to work with them," said Lynette.

The city of Modesto closed its emergency tent city for 450 homeless last month.

Lynette says since then, there's been an increase in homeless around her business, including an increase in the number using her tent.

According to CNN, at least one business nearby called to complain about the Scott’s tent, leading the city to issue a code violation.

"The problem is where are they going to go," said Lynette

She said there’s “a hopeless feeling” for business owners stuck in the center of a high homeless population

California Governor Gavin Newsom is set to issue an executive order which would use government assets to bring shelter to homeless people.