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November 23, 2012

Coming tomorrow in The News: Tent City dwellers face many challenges

NEW CASTLE — In another era, they might have been called hobos.

About a dozen men and women inhabitant Tent City, a homeless encampment in the woods along the Neshannock Creek downtown.

Some are locals who are down on their luck.

Others are jobless military veterans, waiting while they try to reap some government benefits or jobs for survival.

Still others are transients from out of town.

They walk through the downtown during the day, stopping at shelters for free meals and using restaurant restrooms.

Sometimes they go fishing in the creek.

At night, they go back into the woods, sit around campfires, eat food out of easy-to-open cans, smoke hand-rolled cigarettes and drink beer that they afford by collecting and recycling cans.

Tomorrow, New Castle News reporter Debbie Wachter and photographer Erica Galvin offer a close-up look at these people — who they are, what their life is like, who is helping them and how you can too.

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