Indianapolis police, city leaders and advocacy groups are trying to figure out what do with a group of homeless people who have created their own city within the city.

Nearly three dozen homeless people have banded together and used everything from cardboard to plastic tarp to create their own community beneath a railroad bridge on Davidson Street, located just east of downtown. Now some people who work and live in the community surrounding the bridge have asked the city to do something about it.

Kim Orrell is no stranger to the problems facing those who live in perhaps the most complex homeless community in Indianapolis. She helps run Meet Me Under The Bridge Ministries, one of several organizations that visit those who live in the partitioned shelters each week.

"We just come down here and feed," Orrell said. "Sometimes we provide clothing. We share the love of Christ of course with everybody, and just kind of try to meet whatever personal needs we can."

"They do need help," said Frank Goss, who lives down the street from the bridge.

Like others living nearby, Frank says he's seen the community within the community grow recently. Though he believes help is needed, he says he disagrees with the agencies that gather large crowds beneath the bridge while handing out food and supplies.

"That's what keeps them under there is the people that aren't trying to do what the city wants," Goss said. "They're making a bad situation worse."

"We don't believe that we are enabling," Orrell said. "We believe that we are giving people hope that there is more and that they can accomplish more in their life. There's a lot of distrust with some of the shelters, so you have to build that rapport with them and gain their trust in order to be able to help them and even to help yourself."

"We're just trying to get by," said Eric Hicks, who has lived under the bridge since last March.

Hicks stands as an example why the problem isn't easily solved. He says he attends community college, but can't find steady work because he is a convicted felon. He also doesn't like the shelters because they don't allow him to drink alcohol or come and go as he pleases. Still, he and some others who live here have been attending city meetings regarding the camp because they want to be part of the solution.

"To ignore it is the worst thing they could ever do," Hicks said. "And to call the people who come down here from these churches enablers and things like that? Everything we have is a gift from God."

For Kim Orrell, that's the most frustrating part. Despite their efforts, she says they haven't been asked to be part of the solution.

"If the city were to invite us to the meeting, I'm sure that we would get our thoughts collectively together and have something to present to them at that time," Orrell said.

Indianapolis Metro Police have a special officer who deals directly with homeless issues. He declined to comment for this story, because he said he will be meeting with mayor Greg Ballard to discuss the camp and the issues surrounding it on Monday. Stay with FOX 59 for any updates on this story.