Officials say Camp Alpha violates city ordinances

Camp Alpha was set up at a vacant lot near 16th Avenue and Hatcher.
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It's a story that has generated a lot of interest around the valley. Thursday was supposed to be the day a veteran's encampment in Sunnyslope was scheduled to be shut down. It turns out the vets camp will stay a little longer.
 
Thursday was the deadline for the property owner to close Camp Alpha or face fines, but that deadline is no longer in effect while efforts continue to bring these vets the help they need.
 
Taze Ben-Heon was an Air Force Veteran who just arrived at Camp Alpha, but now he says he'll have to go.
 
"Great people, the program must be working because someone is trying to shut it down, and when things work somebody's go to fix them," said Taze Ben-Heon.
 
The City of Phoenix says the camp violates city code and the owner of the property, Dan Kaplan needs to close it or face fines.
 
The camp is in some sort of a holding pattern, nobody has been evicted, and the search is on for a solution for these folks living at Camp Alpha.
 
"We're working in compliance with the city, but what is needed is time, this is a very sensitive ordeal to get everyone out in 72 hrs, so we want to work with them, we are working with them, we need their close cooperation too because this is a time sensitive manner," said Aaron Pomrenke.
 
The City of Phoenix is working with each veteran, hoping to get them the help they need.
 
"The ultimate goal is housing, but basic services lapse, like health care and food stamps have lapsed," said Riann Balch.
 
Meanwhile donations continue to pour in including food, water, Gatorade, and other items in the holiday spirit of giving.
 

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