Grand Junction's homeless have been evicted from one of the area's biggest encampment.
This weekend volunteers are moving into "The Point" and clearing out what was left behind.
Over the last eight months, The Homeless Coalition of the Grand Valley, Union Pacific Railroad, and other local groups have been preparing to cleanup ?The Point.?
Gi Moon with HomewardBound says, "This has been an encampment that's been unsafe because of the trespassing over Union Pacific Railroad Tracks."
A mass of volunteers met there Saturday, with a goal to clear out everything left behind by those who once lived there.
"We are doing everything from dismantling some semi-constructed homes that were down here, to disassembling tents,? Moon said. ?This has been an encampment for about ten years so there is a lot of debris down here."
"I?ve never been down here before,? volunteer, Holly Nisley said. ?I knew it sort of existed in theory, but I had no idea the huge amount of stuff that was going to be down here."
Even just a few hours into Saturday?s cleanup project, the progress was undeniable.
?I went up the hill at about ten o'clock, I came down at about ten twenty and I could not believe how much headway they'd made," Nisley said.
CMU Football player and volunteer, Alex Zemezonak says, "It?s a little messy down here but we cleaned it up and it?s good for the environment too."
Once everything is cleared out of the area, construction will begin.
Gi Moon says, "Union Pacific is going to come in and do a construction project to stop the erosion that's happening on their tracks from trespassing, and then also to be able to stop any further trespassing."
Now after years of being called home, no one will be allowed to live at ?The Point.?
"We?ve worked to pull everyone off of here and either move them into some kind of permanent housing or transitional housing, and we've managed to do that here at ?The Point,?? Moon said. Union Pacific Railroad will start construction in just a few weeks.
The plan is to reinforce the slopes along the track and add a fence to keep people from crossing the rails.