Homeless camp run by Sean Penn on Haiti golf course camp to close
In this April 10, 2010 file photo, U.S. actor Sean Penn carries the belongings of a person displaced by the 2010 earthquake as people are relocated from the Petion Ville Golf Club to a new camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (AP / Ramon Espinosa)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 3:59PM EST
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- A country club golf course that became a refuge for tens of thousands of people left homeless in the Haitian capital after a devastating 2010 earthquake is clearing out the remaining residents by this weekend.
Rachel Beach works for actor Sean Penn's aid group, J/P Haitian Relief Organization. She says the several dozen people still in the settlement are expected to leave by Friday.
The camp erected on a nine-hole golf course once housed an estimated 60,000 people after the earthquake four years ago. Most of those people have since left the camp through a J/P HRO program that provides rental subsidies to homeless families.
As many as 1.5 million people were left without homes in Haiti after the quake, but that number has since dwindled to about 146,000.