Cleaning Up Homeless Encampments in LA County
The Other Pandemic
As you drive around LA county, in whatever city you call home, you are probably noticing a disturbing trend. Homeless encampments are growing, moving into new areas, and causing countless health problems. And you may be wondering, what are cities and counties doing to stop this, and solve the underlying problems? That's where experts on cleaning up biohazards and hoarding, like Bio-One, come into play.
Rob Hayes with ABC7.com wrote,
"If you want to get to Petit Park in Granada Hills you'll most likely have to go past a growing homeless encampment that has taken over the sidewalks around the park and the library there.
Neighbors say the strip of tents and tarps across from their homes is littered with drugs and alcohol.
"I know these people have no place to live, but the trash and they use drugs," said Rocio Romero who lives across the street from the encampment. "There's a lady there, every time she fights with her boyfriend she's naked."
Romero says she's called the police several times to report fights and nudity, but no one ever shows up.
Granada Hills isn't LA's only homeless hotspot. The building that used to house Ernie Jr.'s restaurant in Eagle Rock is now fronted by a long line of tents and trash. Neighbors here complain that the homeless have tapped into the building's water and electricity.
Ahmad Chapman of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority says on any given night there are more than 66,000 homeless people on the streets of LA County. That number is up 13% from last year."
"Some people who live near growing encampments now compare the homelessness problem to the coronavirus outbreak.
"Homelessness is becoming a pandemic around here," said Carlos Montelongo of Granada Hills. "And it's unfortunate for everyone involved in this community.""
And it's not just in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. After driving around Santa Clarita, and thinking there was no homeless encampments, I found out I was very wrong. The only reason I wasn't seeing these encampments was because city officials worked so hard at their jobs. It's because city departments like Code Enforcement and companies like Bio-One of Santa Clarita work thanklessly and tirelessly, to preserve our communities.
Are you are wondering why a biohazard cleanup company like Bio-One of Santa Clarita would have to be involved with the cleanup of a homeless encampment? Then look no further than the Newsweek article written by Grace Guarnieri. In it, she recounts how a 3 mile long homeless encampment was cleaned up in California. Over 1000 pounds of human feces, 5000 needles, and approximately 250 tons of trash were removed from the site. When you're dealing with contaminants like this, professionals like Bio-One of Santa Clarita and their services, are a must!