I own 4 apartment buildings and the amount of time and effort I am spending combating this drug/homeless epidemic is staggering. The exterior stairwells constantly smell like urine. The Maintenance worker has to spray these areas in each building every morning.
Often times there is a person sleeping there with all kinds of garbage, trash, and used needles. Often times the homeless/drug addict is crazy and is swinging around a broom or a hockey stick.
I have tenants many of which are women who do not deserve to have to pay upwards of $2000 a month in rent to deal with this.
The police are often called and they deal with the situation but this person is usually back on the street in 24 hours doing the same things. Its not the police officers fault as their hands are tied.
The alleys constantly have soiled mattresses and tents. Its just a bad situation for everyone. People should not be fearful of walking around their own city.
I sympathize with these people but I think we need to make it a crime to camp in front of buildings and throw them in jail immediately if they do not leave. We also need to make it 100% illegal to have any illegal drugs on you. If you do you go to jail for six months immediately.
We care more about the well being of homeless drug addicts then the people who go to work everyday and try to make this city a better place.
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