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TYLER (KYTX) -

People left the city's "tent city" homeless camp Monday night following legal threats.

Last month we told you they were being forced out because the land they were living on belongs to Union Pacific. The company originally gave them until the end of the month.

Brittany Garza is part of the Christian P.S. 91 ministry for people living in tent city.

"It's dis-heartening," Garza said.

Like everyone there, she'd seen the notice from Union Pacific saying clear out by January 31st. On Monday, she and others got a surprise visit.

They said Union Pacific Police wrote them City of Tyler trespassing tickets. So now they're worried about jail time if they stay.

"I can't pretend to understand God's plan for my life or these people's live," Garza said. "Just trust that he was one. He'll take care of us and we'll take care of each other."

"It's kind of vengeful, kind of ugly, but I still have a sense of hope about it," Tim Harris said.

Harris is P.S. 91's leader. He's still working on a plan to move people to a piece of land that no one has a problem with. But Monday night he joined everyone else in filling a trailer--provided by a good Samaritan--with tents and tarps.

"And the UHaul's not even going any where in particular," Garza said. "We're not going to a new destination. We don't know what we're going to do."

"In the mean time we're moving to a secluded unknown the railroad has no say over," Harris said.

Now these neighbors are hoping the next surprise is better.

"You know, I was already homeless," Garza said. "I didn't think it could get much worse."

Union Pacific representatives did not respond to a request for comment.

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