Portland Plans to Force New Construction Sites to Include ‘Rest Spaces’ for Homeless People

Portland’s “planning and sustainability commission,” which writes and enforces the city’s building codes, approved a new rule that would require new construction to feature “opportunities to rest and be welcome” for those who do not number among that building’s residents or customers. One member of Portland’s planning and sustainability commission confirmed that the goal is to benefit homeless people. Inviting the homeless to rest is inviting them to squat. Once squatting takes place, claims to ownership will follow, based on long-held norms that property is possession. An estimated 34% of Portlanders want to leave the city due to the homeless problem.

To ensure that homeless “campers” have all the comforts they need, the very woke blue city of Portland is preparing a regulation to require all new homeowners to provide “rest spaces” for the homeless.

According to the Daily Wire:

The city’s “planning and sustainability commission,” which writes and enforces the city’s building codes, approved a change to building guidelines in November that would require new constuction [sic] to feature “opportunities to rest and be welcome” for those who do not number among that building’s residents or customers.

The requirement can be read a number of ways, but at least one member of the Portland planning and sustainability commission was clear to local reporters that the requirement is to the benefit of the city’s “unhoused,” who are often kicked off of private property for loitering, sleeping, or camping — as is (typically) a private property owner’s right.

“Just one of the realities of Portland right now is that we have a lot of folks who are unhoused who benefit from some of these spaces that provide weather protection,” she said when introducing the idea at a recent meeting.

Problem one is that this is an expropriation of private property.  Inviting the homeless in to “rest” is inviting the homeless in to squat.  And once squatting takes place, claims to ownership can follow, based on long held norms that property is possession.  Too bad about the people who actually paid for the property.

Problem two is that it’s pretty insulting to the homeless.  Instead of the city providing them with the housing and drug treatment many require, they get these private “rest spots” instead. 

It’s also supremely ignorant of who the homeless are and what homeless dynamics are.  Some homeless people are temporarily down on their luck.  Some are driven to living in their cars based on NIMBY environmental regulations and high housing costs that don’t jibe with their earnings.  Those are people who can be helped in far more dignified ways than “rest spots” on private property.

There are also “lifestyle” homeless, who have chronic drug, mental health, and drug-linked mental health issues who are very difficult to help because they won’t accept help.  Typically, they gather around a drug dealer and set up camp.  The rest spots can be new camps.  And once in, they can be fiercely territorial.  The new “rest spots” are likely to become battle grounds as these homeless seek to stake out new territory on private property.  Sound like a place to build some new construction in?  Lucky owners.

It almost sounds as if Portland’s insanely blue government is attempting to deputize the private sector to take on some of the city’s abundant homeless population in a bid to reduce stress on public spaces.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Defends Sending its Homeless People to New Jersey

New York city, under the leadership of Mayor Bill de Blasio, has sent about 5,000 homeless families to Newark, New Jersey, as part of his $89-million Special One-Time Assistance (SOTA) program. In response, Mayor Ras Baraka of Newark is suing New York city to stem the tide of impoverished people streaming into his city. The Department of Investigation found that some SOTA families were living in squalor. [The fruit of welfare always is need for more welfare. Both cities have created this growing need and now are fighting over who is going to pay for it. Neither one can afford it.] -GEG

Mayor Bill de Blasio conceded on Thursday that “there were mistakes” in his initiative to ship about 5,000 homeless families out of town — but he is “deeply surprised” that Newark is suing over it.

“That was really a derogatory lawsuit,” de Blasio said. “It was a statement against working poor people. You read what they’re suggesting. It’s entirely disrespectful to these people who are just trying to make ends meet and lead their lives.”

New Jersey’s largest city filed the federal lawsuit Monday to block New York from dumping more homeless families in their back yard under de Blasio’s $89 million Special One-Time Assistance program.

The lawsuit accuses New York of forcing SOTA families into “uninhabitable conditions” in Newark.

De Blasio said the suit came “with no warning whatsoever,” even though he had spoken to Newark Mayor Ras Baraka “several times over the last year.”

“My point to Mayor Baraka is, there but for the grace of God go you or I,” de Blasio said Thursday. “This is about helping working people, working poor people who ended up homeless.”

“How could any city turn its back on people in need?” he said. “It just doesn’t make sense.”

He also blamed Newark for the substandard housing that SOTA families were placed in.

“If the building is in your jurisdiction, you have a responsibility for the health and safety of the building,” de Blasio said. “Again, ‘Physician, heal thyself.’”

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Veterans Community Project (VCP) Is Building Tiny Home Neighborhoods to Help Homeless Vets Living on the Streets

Veterans Community Project is building tiny homes for homeless veterans, and creating a healing network, with the goal of transitioning the vets into permanent housing. Their first community includes 49 tiny home units built on five acres is in Kansas City, Missouri. A community center with a doctor’s office, dentist office and fellowship hall is planned. The Veterans Community Project is building more neighborhoods in St. Louis, Orlando and Denver.




Denver Business Owner Fined For Not Cleaning Up Feces And Used Drug Needles Left Behind by Homeless Vagrants

The city of Denver fined Jawaid Bayzar, a local internet business owner, after he and his staff refused to continue cleaning up after homeless people behind his building. He said that the homeless people leave trash, drug needles, food, and human waste in the alley where his business is located. He complained that the vagrants engage in drug deals, prostitution and violence. The city of Denver is following liberal policies and refuses to enforce laws against trespassing, camping, and public defecation. Denver contends that if the trash is on Bayzar’s property, it is his responsibility to clean it. The city has threatened to issue additional fines, and Bayzar plans to fight the ticket in court on December 18th.

 

The city of Denver fined a local business owner after he and his staff refused to continue cleaning up after homeless people behind his building, according to CBS Denver.

There’s food, trash, drug deals,” said Jawaid Bayzar, who added “In the alley we get, ya know, the defacation, drug needles, prostitution” behind his internet company, Forethought.net. One night an employee was sitting in his car when someone smashed the window and tried to stab him, according to Bayzar.

And when Bayzar and his crew stopped cleaning up the constant hazardous mess left by the vagrants, telling CBS he’s not equipped to deal with it, Denver fined him.

“If the city’s not going to enforce laws against trespassing, or camping, or public defecation and just make me bare the cost of these problems that’s just not right,” he told CBS4.

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Crime in Los Angeles, Including Violent Attacks By Homeless People, Rose by More than 50% in One Year

Attacks by homeless people are on the rise. There were 6,528 arrests in 2017 in Los Angeles. In 2018, arrests for criminal activity rose to 9,846, an increase of more than 50%. Some of the attackers have been issued tickets for battery instead of being arrested. UCLA’s California Policy Lab reported that 78% of unsheltered people are experiencing mental-health conditions, and 75% are suffering from substance abuse. The two likely are connected. -GEG

Attorney Brandon Coen wasn’t at all surprised when a homeless man walked up on a downtown Los Angeles sidewalk as Coen walked his dog, and punched him in the head.

“What was shocking was that I lived here for four years and it didn’t happen sooner,” Coen said. “I am always on the lookout.”

Security footage shows a homeless man strike a woman in the face with such force that she falls backward onto the ground. The man is then seen punching Coen, who managed to block some of the force with his left arm. 

“It was scary because I didn’t know if he was going to stop or if he was going to continue to hit me or attack other people, possibly my dog,” he said. “I was very happy when LAPD showed up about five minutes later and arrested him because that’s fairly rare here.”

“Downtown is supposed to be the crown jewel of LA,” he said. “Unfortunately that’s not the reality. It’s different if you come and visit and go to dinner or get a drink but when you live here and you’re here 24 hours a day you see a different side of downtown, a scarier side.”

It’s not just Coen.

In one case, a Los Angeles woman was pulled from her car not far from the Hollywood Walk of Fame and doused with feces. She’s had to get tested for infectious diseases every three months since. 

In December of 2018, a man was pushed off the sidewalk, and run over by a truck in downtown Los Angeles.

In August of 2019, a homeless man was caught on camera tossing a large rock at the windshield of a man’s car, and was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. 

According to Los Angeles Police Department records obtained and analyzed by the NBC4 I-Team, 6,528 homeless people were arrested on criminal c

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New York City, Under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Leadership, Is Secretly Sending Its Homeless Population to Other States

New York City is secretly shipping homeless people to other states across the country, with enough taxpayer money to pay rent for a full year. The receiving cities lack funding for the added expense of the new homeless people and spill-over issues. The Special One-Time Assistance program, instituted in 2017 by Mayor Bill de Blasio, has cost taxpayers about $90 million dollars. Some of the homeless people have returned to NY City and are suing the city. More than 5,000 families (12,000 individuals) have been “exported to different locations in the mainland United States, and some have even been sent to Hawaii or Puerto Rico. Dr. Drew Pinsky said that funding for state mental health institutions was eviscerated under President Kennedy in 1963 and mentally ill people wound up on the streets, in prisons and in nursing homes.

NYC is giving its homeless thousands of dollars to move elsewhere, without informing the cities to which they’re being sent

 
New York City has spent millions of dollars paying for homeless people to move somewhere else, and the city has not been informing receiving municipalities that it is shipping the homeless to them, according to the New York Post.
 
The Special One-Time Assistance program, instituted in 2017 by Mayor Bill de Blasio, has cost taxpayers about $90 million dollars. In the program, homeless people receive a year’s worth of rent money and traveling expenses to go somewhere else. Here are the requirements:
 

Homeless individuals and families are eligible for SOTA if they can prove they have been in a New York City shelter for at least 90 days and that their household income is no more than twice what it owes in rent. DHS would not expand on eligibility rules.

More than 5,000 families (12,000 individuals) have been “exported to different locations in the mainland United States, and some have even been sent to Hawaii or Puerto Rico.
 
So, a homeless family could hypothetically receive $1,500 or so for one-way plane tickets to Hawaii, an average of about $17,000 for a year of rent (which obviously varies based on location) and even $1,000 for furnishing their new home, as one program recipient told the Post they received.
 
The city would argue that as expensive as that sounds, it’s actually cheaper per family than the cost of shelter funding, which they say is about $41,000 per year.
 
However, the city might be paying to send them off, and then later paying for them when they come back.
 

Not only are officials in towns where the city’s homeless land up in arms, but hundreds of the homeless families are returning to the five boroughs — and some are even suing NYC over being abandoned in barely livable conditions. Multiple outside agencies and organizations have opened investigations into SOTA.

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Immigrant from Dominican Republic Confessed to Bludgeoning Four Sleeping Homeless Men to Death

New York: Randy Santos, a 24-year old homeless man, confessed to fatally bludgeoning four sleeping vagrants and critically injuring a fifth with a heavy 3-foot piece of construction metal during a bloody rampage through Chinatown over the weekend. Police said that Santos had a half-dozen prior arrests over the last two years, including a November arrest for an incident in which a man was bitten on the chest. Santos is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic; it is unknown if he is in the US legally. -GEG

A homeless man confessed to fatally bludgeoning four sleeping vagrants and critically injuring a fifth during a bloody rampage through Chinatown, a prosecutor said in court on Sunday.

Randy Santos, 24, came clean when cops confronted him with evidence of the grisly attacks, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Alfred Peterson said.

“While he was in the 5th Precinct, he was shown video of the attacks and he admitted that he was the person in the video,” Peterson said.

Peterson also revealed that the weapon Santos allegedly used – described by law enforcement sources as a 3-foot, 15-pound piece of construction metal – was “covered in blood and hair” when cops caught him carrying it over his shoulder.

Nabbing Santos likely prevented further carnage, because “the way he was walking, it looked like he was looking for more victims,” a source has said.

Peterson didn’t allege a motive for the orgy of violence shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday but noted that “all of the people were sleeping” and Santos’ actions were “unprovoked.”

Santos, whose last known address is a homeless shelter in Brooklyn, is charged with four counts of murder, one court of attempted murder and criminal possession of marijuana in the grisly attacks along East Broadway and the Bowery near Chatham Square.

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Additional sources:

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/10/06/dominican-immigrant-charged-murdering-four-homeless-men-nyc/

https://nypost.com/2019/10/06/chinatown-killer-was-living-in-abandoned-bronx-house-neighbors-say/




Seattle Can’t Clean Human Feces Off Sidewalks Because Democrat Councilman Says Hoses Are Racist

Seattle, Washington is having trouble deciding how to remove human feces from their sidewalks thanks to Democrat city councilman, Larry Gossett, who claims pressure washers are racist. He says they bring back images of hoses being used against civil-rights activists. -GEG

Seattle, Washington, one of the most liberal cities in America, is having trouble deciding how to get human feces removed from their sidewalks thanks to a Democrat city councilman who claims pressure washers are racist.

King County Superior Court judges Laura Inveen and Jim Rogers recently asked the county to clean and patrol the area outside a local courthouse, but they’re being stonewalled by Seattle councilmember Larry Gossett.

The Seattle Times reports:

“Inveen told the committee about two incidents, one in late May and one in June, in which jurors were attacked in separate incidents outside the courthouse’s Third Avenue entrance. On other occasions, Inveen said, employees have been spat upon, slammed against a wall or punched.

Although cleaning and patrolling the area immediately surrounding the courthouse would not address some of the deep-seated issues faced by denizens of the space, it would send a signal that somebody was paying attention, she said.

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Los Angeles Homeless Crisis Worsens By 16%


The homeless crisis in the liberal city of Los Angeles soared by 16%, to more than 36,000 people. The overall county saw an increase of 12%, approaching 59,000 people. About three quarters of the homeless people are living outdoors, which is causing concern over a potential public health crisis due to rats, sewage and trash near homeless encampments downtown.

As Los Angeles officials were wasting taxpayer dollars to virtue-signal about Alabama’s abortion ban, the homeless crisis in the city increased by 16% while the overall county saw an increase of 12%.

According to the Los Angeles Times,
the number of people now living on the streets, in vehicles, or in
shelters steadily increased throughout the past year, following a small
decrease in the previous year.

“The annual point-in-time count,
delivered to the Board of Supervisors, put the number of homeless people
just shy of 59,000 countywide,” reports the outlet. “Within the city of
Los Angeles, the number soared to more than 36,000, a 16% increase.”

“And as in past years, most — about 75% — were living outside, fueling speculation of a growing public health crisis of rats and trash near homeless encampments downtown,” the report continued.

Officials
largely blame the problem on the lack of affordable housing while
vowing to pledge more taxpayer dollars into supposedly “fixing” the
problem. So far, government programs have done little to help. For
instance, the city’s Measure H sales tax
from 2017 barely scratched the surface of the problem by helping to get
roughly 20,000 people off the streets only to be outpaced by the number
of people that were becoming homeless.

“If we don’t change the
fundamentals of housing affordability, this is going to be a very long
road,” Peter Lynn, executive director of the Los Angeles Homeless
Services Authority, told the Times. “If we don’t get ahead of
affordability, we’re going to be very hard pressed to get ahead of
homelessness.”

“Overall, the service portion of the effort on mental health,
substance use, the issue of housing, rent subsidies, those are important
and we should stay the course,” County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
told the Times. “Where we have to work much harder is in the area of
affordable housing.”

Ridley-Thomas admitted that the numbers are
deeply discouraging following the small downturn in homelessness that
the previous year showed.

“At this point of unprecedented wealth
in the county of Los Angeles, we are equally confronted with
unprecedented poverty manifesting itself in the form of homelessness,”
County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas told the Times. “Last year’s count,
we felt we were trimming in a way that would suggest we were getting
our arms around this. And yet this year we are pretty well stunned by
this data.”

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Trash City: ‘Sky High’ Rat-Infested Trash Piles Found in Los Angeles Raise Concerns about Typhus


Los Angeles: Homeless people in tent cities have created “sky-high” piles of rotting trash that attracts rats and has led many people to worry about a new outbreak of typhus, or other diseases like salmonella and even the bubonic plague. The city’s most notorious trash pile, located between downtown LA’s busy Fashion and Produce districts, continues to be a magnet for rats. The city is ignoring the rat population that is out of control.

NBC4 reported Monday that “sky-high” piles of rotting trash were found around Los Angeles, leading some to worry about a new typhus outbreak.

“Even the city’s most notorious trash pile, located
between downtown LA’s busy Fashion and Produce districts, continues to
be a magnet for rats after it was cleaned up months ago. The rodents can
carry typhus-infected fleas, which can spread the disease to humans
through bacteria rubbed into the eyes or cuts and scrapes on the skin,
resulting in severe flu-like symptoms,” the outlet reported.

NBC4’s
investigative team said it previously had informed LA Mayor Eric
Garcetti’s office about some of the trash piles in October. The piles
they referred to were cleaned up, “but conditions have worsened over the
next seven months” the outlet reported. When NBC investigators reported
another trash pile, it was told it could be three months before the
garbage was removed.

The trash piles — and the rats attracted to
them — can cause numerous health problems for the surrounding
population. Dr. Jeffrey Klauser, a professor of medicine in the division
of infectious diseases at the University of California-Los Angeles,
told the media outlet that a growing rat population could spread
diseases like salmonella and even the bubonic plague.

“Trash and food waste attracts rats,” he said. “It does pose a public health risk.”

NBC
4 reported that New York City and Washington, D.C. are handling their
rat problems. D.C. is apparently experimenting with rat bait laced with
contraceptives.

Last year, Los Angeles County reported a record number of typhus
cases — 124. Between 2013 and 2017, LA County reported an average of 60
cases per year, which NBC4 said was double the number of the previous
five years. Typhus, according to
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is spread through
contact with infected flea feces (one may not know they have had such
contact). Symptoms of typhus include fevers and chills, muscle pain,
loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, cough, and a rash.
Severe cases, left untreated, can cause liver, kidney, heart, lung, and
brain damage.

NBC’s investigative team discovered typhus-infected
fleas “on animals waiting to be adopted at the North Central Animal
Shelter. The outlet has also posted drone footage of the “most notorious trash pile,” which stretches nearly a block between LA’s fashion and produce districts.

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Washington State Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Legalize Permanent Homeless Camps Statewide, Which Will Increase the Problem


Washington state lawmakers propose making permanent homeless encampments legal statewide, that will likely increase the spread of garbage, drug needles and human excrement on the streets across the state. Seattle’s homeless population of 12,000 people has become a crisis. The bill is an attack on taxpayers, residents and civilization itself. Jason Rantz explains that the city of Marysville has been effective in dealing with its homeless problem by instituting a program that involves police officers and social workers connecting with homeless people offering help with detox and transitional housing. If the homeless person refuses, they are put in jail. The objective is to return the person to a position where they can contribute to society.  Some homeless people refuse help and to go to shelters because they do not want to follow rules.




GoFundMe Returns over $400,000 Scammed by New Jersey Grifters

Kate McClure, Mark D’Amico, and drug-addicted homeless veteran, Johnny Bobbitt, were charged with theft by deception in November after they concocted a story that Bobbitt had given McClure his last $20 after her car ran out of fuel, which left her stranded on the side of I-95 in a dangerous Philadelphia neighborhood. McClure’s boyfriend set up a GoFundMe donation page based on that lie, and they got $402,000 in donations to help Bobbitt. The couple pilfered most of the money, which prompted the homeless man to sue them. It was only then that the lie unraveled, and the three were arrested. -GEG

GoFundMe has returned over $400,000 to people who donated to a trio of scam artists who fabricated a story about a homeless good Samaritan.

39-year-old Mark D’Amico (left), 28-year-old Kate McClure (center) and 35-year-old Johnny Bobbitt (right) are facing theft and conspiracy charges.

All donors who contributed to this GoFundMe campaign have been fully refunded,” GoFundMe spokesman Bobby Whithorne said in an email, adding that “while this type of behavior by an individual is extremely rare, it’s unacceptable and clearly it has consequences.”

The company is fully cooperating with investigators.

Kate McClure, 28, Mark D’Amico, 39, and drug-addicted homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt, 35, were charged with theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception in November, after the three concocted a story that Bobbitt had given McClure his last $20 after her car ran out of fuel, leaving her stranded on the side of I-95 in a dangerous Philadelphia neighborhood.

The GoFundMe scam was uncovered after McClure and D’Amico refused to give Bobbitt over $300,000 of the $402,000 raised – causing Bobbit to lawyer up, alleging that the couple committed fraud and conspiracy by taking large amounts of the donations to “enjoy a lifestyle they could not afford” and using the account as “their personal piggy bank.”

The net proceeds were $360,000 after fees, which went into an account controlled by McClure. Bobbitt received approximately $75,000 of it according to Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina.

The entire campaign was predicated on a lie,” said Coffina during a November press conference. “Less than an hour after the GoFundMe campaign went live McClure, in a text exchange with a friend, stated that the story about Bobbitt assisting her was fake,” he said.

In one of the texts read by Coffina, McClure allegedly wrote to a friend, “Ok, so wait, the gas part is completely made up but the guy isn’t. I had to make something up to make people feel bad. So, shush about the made up stuff.” –ABC

After the story went sideways – and reports emerged that the couple had pilfered most of the money meant for Bobbitt, police raided McClure and D’Amico’s home looking for evidence in the case, and seizing a BMW they bought with charitable donations.

Coffina said that if Bobbitt hadn’t sued, the three might have gotten away with the scam.

D’Amico and McClure turned themselves in last month according to WPVI, while Bobbit was arrested in Philadelphia on charges of being a fugitive from justice.

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