Some say Dallas’ efforts to clean up the homeless are not enough – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Efforts are underway in North Dallas to clean up the roads and bridges that have become the land of choice for homeless settlements in recent weeks.
However, some homeowners who live in the area say more needs to be done.
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At the intersection of Route 75 and Forest and the surrounding area, there is begging, litter accumulation and in recent weeks, several reports have been made of a man exposing himself to drivers followed by a obscene behavior.
The City of Dallas’ Office of Homeless Solutions and Appropriate Care reports that it is working to help this person and asks anyone who witnesses this type of behavior to call 911.
In addition, fences were installed where several campsites were located.
CBS 11 spoke with a woman who lives in the area on Tuesday night, May 4.
She says the situation is still dangerous and asked not to be identified.
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“You’ll be driving and there’s one of those homeless people using a needle right next to the trash, that’s not what we’re asking as owners,” she says. “We pay taxes and we pay our mortgages and we work hard to make a living here and when these homeless people are right outside our front door, it’s frustrating.
She said that for the past two weeks she had told her daughter it was no longer safe for her to go to the nearby Northaven Trail with her friends, which she loves to do.
Texas lawmakers are considering a statewide ban on homeless settlements.
The House Bill of 1925 and Senate Bill 987 would make camping in an unapproved public place a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $ 500.
In an effort to help the homeless, the local non-profit organization OurCalling has created an app that anyone can use.
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It tracks your location and shows additional food, shelter, and resources for the homeless in your area.