SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento County Sheriff deputies are starting to clear a homeless camp in south Sacramento.

Some 60 to 80 people live on the property along Stockton Boulevard.

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The sheriff’s office says it has received complaints of filth and crime at the encampment and everyone must be out on Wednesday.

Deputies entered the camp Wednesday morning and are beginning the process of clearing it out.

Demonstrators have arrived to protest the removal of the camp.

Deputies are now blocking the front of the lot.

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Homeless advocates want to see the land turned into a sanctioned shelter. But the county says that could take years, even though the housing authority purchased the land 11 years ago.

Sheriff’s deputies say they have tried to find housing for the campers but were often turned down.

The following gallery shows what deputies have found inside the camp (swipe to view the next photo):

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