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Thu Feb 4, 2021, 04:17 PM

How is your community handling the influx of homeless?

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Reply How is your community handling the influx of homeless? (Original post)
Lady Freedom Returns Feb 2021 OP
MissB Feb 2021 #1
TexasLefty29 Feb 2021 #3
marlakay Feb 2021 #5
Lady Freedom Returns Feb 2021 #6
TexasLefty29 Feb 2021 #2
Luz Feb 2021 #4
haele Feb 2021 #7
PoindexterOglethorpe Feb 2021 #8
Lady Freedom Returns Feb 2021 #9
PoindexterOglethorpe Feb 2021 #11
crickets Feb 2021 #10
Texasgal Feb 2021 #12

Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Thu Feb 4, 2021, 04:21 PM

1. I didn't watch the video... but Portland isn't handling it well

Theyíve done a few things- like opening up temporary camping areas in fenced lots.

But the reality of homelessness is in the face of every Portlander (Oregon). If you drive anywhere close to downtown, the issue is obvious. Lots of temporary encampments with their usual issues- trash and generally unsanitary conditions. One encampment not far from where I live has a portapotty set up nearby, specifically for the camp. The city has done that in a few places.

But yeah the issue is bigger than ever because of Covid and the economy and itís not getting smaller each day.

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Response to MissB (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 4, 2021, 04:23 PM

3. I also didn't watch the video

But jumped at the chance to offer my two cents, also. And Iím glad you did, too. Nobody seems to be talking about how itís quickly becoming its own epidemic. And if I get Covid or lose my job, Iíll be right there at the RaceTrack gas station with them.

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Response to MissB (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 4, 2021, 04:30 PM

5. We have a lot of tents in Medford

in different places. They kicked them out of one park but now I see tents at others. I am just glad they have a tent its so cold out.

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Response to MissB (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 4, 2021, 04:39 PM

6. Glad to say that Tucson leaders handled two birds...

with one stone. Our hotel and motel business was hurting due to Covid. Homeless needed shelter.

They are able to help both.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Thu Feb 4, 2021, 04:22 PM

2. Thanks for posting this.

My neighborhood looks nothing like it did even two months ago. Itís worse by the week. And itís heartbreaking. In suburb of Dallas , TX here.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Thu Feb 4, 2021, 04:28 PM

4. Not well IMHO. San Antonio just cleared a houseless camp

with at least 50 tents/homes.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Thu Feb 4, 2021, 04:57 PM

7. San Diego has been trying to move the homeless into city managed hotels..

But it's slow going, as our climate is temperate, which makes us attractive to homeless and transient types (Traveller and other sub-cultures). Most people would be able to survive the winter environments here if they have good camping gear, set up away from a flood zone, and are able to procure some sort of minimal income.
We also have organizations such as Veteran's Village and Father Joe's, and our police have homeless outreach workers.
It's a catch-22; we set up a variety of organizations drive down local homelessness by half, and then homeless from other areas are either sent here or hear about what San Diego is doing and head there on their own, driving up homeless numbers well past that of the previous years and putting a burden on our local homeless support systems.

Subsidized housing and care facilities are difficult to set up for people living on the margins. In San Diego, we are lucky that a few mid-sized hotel chains have been willing to lease their excess properties to the City for qualified small homeless families, the elderly and disabled homeless, and working homeless, instead of leaving them vacant hoping to find a buyer for the properties during the pandemic. What will happen during tourist season after everything opens up again may be another issue.

Haele

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Thu Feb 4, 2021, 05:22 PM

8. My city, Santa Fe, is putting a number of homeless into hotels and motels,

as well as unused dormitories at a closed college.

But there are still people who prefer to camp out in places like our minor league baseball park, leaving trash and debris behind in their wake.

Sometimes it's very hard to sympathize with people who behave like that. I mean, how hard is it to put your used needles or whiskey bottles into a trash bin?

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 4, 2021, 05:31 PM

9. Big problem here is many are scared about being around others.

Specially the elderly homeless.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 4, 2021, 06:53 PM

11. Those who might be scared about being around others

probably aren't the ones leaving trash and needles at the baseball field. I'd guess the elderly homeless are far more likely to find out what services the city has and take advantage of them. Especially the part about being housed in hotels and dormitories.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Thu Feb 4, 2021, 05:56 PM

10. K&R for visibility.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Thu Feb 4, 2021, 07:17 PM

12. Austin, TX allows camping for the homeless.

Which is insane to me! Nobody wants to be in the elements and living like that!

City is purchasing two more Hotels. We have some already that have been used for homeless families and people that need to quarantine.

Basically, ATX is not doing ENOUGH.

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