Homeless people are using Portland residents’ lawns as toilets, according to citizens of the uber-liberal Oregon city.
In a report by NBC affiliate KGW, residents of southeast Portland complained the city’s policies are leading to their neighborhoods being overrun by homeless people who are unconcerned they’re encroaching on, and destroying the lives of, everyday citizens.
“I’m living in a nightmare neighborhood,” resident Christina Hartnett told reporters. “I wanna cry. I just want my house back.”
“My lawn is now becoming a public bathroom,” she added.
Tents, RVs and broken-down cars doubling as shelters now occupy Hartnett’s once-peaceful neighborhood, accompanied by drug-addled homeless people.
“And it is scary 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?’” described Hartnett, who’s lived in the neighborhood for five years.
Another resident, David Berkson, said he’s contacted the city for help, but to little avail.
“So far no one has come to help us. No one has come to help us,” he said.
According to KGW, the city’s overwhelmed with at least 272 other problematic sites throughout the city they’ve deemed “posed a greater health and safety risk” than Berkson’s and Hartnett’s neighborhood.
Their neighborhood “was one of about 1,900 other campsites reported” as of last month, KGW reports.
Meanwhile, Hartnett complains the process of filing a complaint is a protracted, circuitous one.
“I have to report from like four different bureaus then I have to report that report to a report and then I have to report that report to a second report and it’s the only way to get any kind of traction,” she said.
Another resident said she feels the city is ignoring their concerns and cannot let her children go out to play due to the extremely dangerous conditions outside their home.
“I feel like nobody hears us nobody cares about us,” the distressed mother said. “It’s very sad. They’re just kids so they want to play, and I don’t feel safe with them here.”
An employee of a nearby sports bar said the homeless problem is also affecting his place of work.
“I’ve found people standing there in their underwear scrubbing up in the sink in a sports bar in the bathroom,” said Bucket Brigade Sports Bar & Restaurant employee Cliff Perce.
“It unnerves our customers when they pull in and see people overdosing on the sidewalks out in front of our restaurant.”
The homeless crisis is not a defect, but is part and parcel of liberal Democrat policies which have decriminalized homelessness and urban camping allowing the problem to run rampant and unchecked, turning once-beautiful areas into third-world hellholes.
If you live in one of these metropolitan areas run by Democrats, this same problem may one day be making its way to your doorstep.
Watch KGW’s full report from earlier this month, where they also interview homeless people in the area:
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