The residents of Portland have had just about enough of the problems arising from the city’s massive homeless population as it continues to spread out across various parts of the area, which also includes their front yards.
And what’s taking place on these front yards is beyond disgusting, and to put it lightly, not at all okay. Don’t read this while eating. Unless you want to see your lunch for the second time today.
“I want to cry,” Christina Hartnett, a resident who lives in the city, said during comments given to local media outlet KGW8.” I just want my house back. My lawn is now becoming a public bathroom.”
That means they are pooping in her front yard. Pooping. There’s human poop. In her front yard. Her. FRONT. YARD.
According to The Daily Wire, Hartnett stated that she’s lived in her current neighborhood for five years, but she’s now scared of leaving the house to go to work.
“When you have grown men meth raging in your driveway, the last thing I feel safe doing is going out and saying, ‘Hey, can you please move so I can go to work?’” she commented.
Central City Concern Clean Start Crews spoke with KGW8 saying that residents have reported somewhere around 1,900 homeless encampments in the Southeast Portland neighborhood alone, with 272 of these sites posing health and safety risks.
“I have to report from like four different bureaus,” she explained. “And I have to report that report to report, and then I have to report that report to a second report — it’s the only way to get any kind of traction.”
“I feel like nobody hears us,” she continued. “Nobody cares about us.”
Hartnett isn’t the only citizen in the city who is sick of dealing with this problem.
Tess, a woman who has lived in the neighborhood for a whopping 35 years, also gave her statement to KGW8, saying she has installed security cameras all around her home and actually boarded up her front door windows after some homeless people smashed them.
“Scared because I don’t know what they’re going to do next,” she said.
An employee who works at the Bucket Brigade Sports Bar & Restaurant, Cliff Perce, stated that as customers show up to the establishment, they are greeted by the sight of folks overdosing on the sidewalks right outside of the restaurant.
Yeah, that’s not going to be good for business.
The homeless people in the area, however, say they would like to coexist with folks in the neighborhood, but say they are mistreated by individuals who live in houses.
“It’s just a matter of some homeless people are resentful towards the neighborhood because of the way they treat them,” Jennifer Czupryk, a homeless woman who resides in a broken-down van parked on a boulevard located in Southeast Portland, said to the local news network.
Other homeless individuals have come out and stated that they understand the frustration coming out of the neighborhood as violence continues to increase in some of the homeless communities.
“It’s just gotten more bold — more rash,” Brendan Harvey, a homeless resident, said in an interview with KGW8. “People aren’t as afraid to do things that are, you know, have to do with criminality.”
“Frustrations from the residents are getting louder just as the city’s housing director announced she’s officially resigning on Aug. 1 after five years of leading the city’s response to the affordable housing crisis,” the Daily Wire reported.
“I can truly say that the work we do at Portland Housing Bureau, alongside our community partners and jurisdictional partners, changes lives for the better,” Shannon Callahan, director of Portland Housing Bureau, stated. “It has been a privilege to work with the dedicated, passionate, and exceptional team of public servants at the bureau.”
Multnomah County, which includes the city of Portland, revealed that its homeless population is on the rise, having increased by 30 percent since the last time they counted three years ago.
Back in 2019, the count was 4,000 homeless individuals. The current number has landed at 5,228, most of which reside in Portland.
“However, the city’s Joint Office of Homeless Services said the data should be considered more of an undercount as it doesn’t definitively find, survey, and count every homeless individual,” the report stated.
It’s highly unlikely that these counts are totally accurate. There are probably many more homeless folks not being counted than the local government realizes, or even cares about.
What this all tells us is that the liberal policies that seem to rule the land in this area of Oregon have failed to produce real solutions for the homeless population. Instead, they have turned the place into a nightmarish, real-world version of some dystopia ripped from the pages of a popular novel.
This story syndicated with permission from michael, Author at Trending Politics
Notice: This article may contain commentary that reflects the author's opinion.
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