NEW ORLEANS – Several city departments are set to begin clearing out a homeless encampment under the Pontchartrain Expressway early Friday morning.

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Officials said starting at 7:30 a.m., the New Orleans Health Department along with several other agencies will begin outreach and cleanup at the site, located under the elevated expressway at Calliope Street and Simon Bolivar Avenue.

A low barrier homeless shelter is planned for the site of the old Veterans Affairs hospital, and officials said they hope to have it completed by the end of the year.