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Burlington officials providing aid to growing homeless encampments

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - An encampment of dozens of homeless in tents has gained a foothold on the Burlington waterfront with support from city officials, part of what appears to be a shift in policy under the new administration at City Hall.

Burlington’s waterfront and bike path are popular destinations for locals and people visiting the Queen City. But people riding or walking in the area between Waterfront Park and North Beach say it’s easy to notice tents just feet from the path.

“It’s heartbreaking and a little scary,” said Devon Brownlee of Winooski, who was out for a walk Wednesday, “I personally carry an alarm with me when I walk.”

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