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A shelter far from the streets

For 72 years, New York City has transported homeless men to a shelter called Camp La Guardia, more than an hour outside the city. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Of the 1,000 homeless men who found a place to sleep at Camp La Guardia, only about half are left. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Allen Callender, 64, was raised in Harlem and said he had been “doing crime for about 40 years.” He now spends time at Camp La Guardia getting his thoughts together. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
A man rests on his bed at Camp La Guardia during the day, when many of the residents are taken by bus back to New York. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Mohamed Chakdouf, 58, has lived at Camp La Guardia for two years and now earns $64 per week as a camp clerk. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
The Camp LaGuardia population is down to a little over 500, but it won’t be easy to find housing for everyone before the facility closes. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)