(CBS DETROIT) – A community of tents was evacuated at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit.

Housing advocates say a new construction project has packed dozens of homeless residents.

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“Anywhere between 10, 20 and 50 people can be in the camp at the same time,” said Jewan Price, co-founder of Eastside Mutual Aid.

Eastside Mutual Aid is a community service that helps people call Hart Plaza at home.

“Similar to the Cass Corridor, something similar happened here at Hart. If you have these people and have initiatives like this to make the city look beautiful, surely that’s great, but who is it great for? “Said Price.

The $ 2.9 million project will lay the foundation for unsafe conditions in the foundation, drains and electrical wiring on Tuesday.

City officials say Hart Plaza will be an active construction site unsuitable for shelter.

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“Well, they were notified by the city a week in advance, although I’m sure the city knew about the construction a lot longer and they were all very upset. The people we spoke to wanted to stay. They wanted their home here. Hart Plaza is not just a home, it’s a community for so many. These people take care of each other. They look out for each other, ”said Kara Mason, co-founder of Eastside Mutual Aid.

Donald Rencher of the Detroit Housing, Planning and Development division released a statement to CW50 / CBS 62 that the city had found hotel rooms for 11 people camped on Hart Plaza.

The statement also states that those in need will be connected to service agencies for case management and permanent housing.

“The city of Detroit is home to these people, but it’s really the work of outreach staff and attorneys who got them housing,” Mason said.

Meanwhile, Eastside Mutual Aid is sending city officials a list of demands to better serve the homeless community and provide more funding for public health services and housing.

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