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Homeless RVers on street ruining RV park

A homeless camp along a Portland, Oregon, street is spilling over into the RV park across the fence. Residents of the park say people from the homeless camp are stealing from them and threatening them with weapons.

The sidewalk on Southeast 157th Avenue is covered in trash, tents and broken-down cars and RVs. Piles of clothes and old bikes line a chain link fence—the only separation between Tall Firs Mobile Home & RV Park and the camp.

“My ability to get new tenants in there is basically zero because nobody wants to live next to everything that’s going on over there,” said Jeremy Robeson, who owns the park.

“It’s horrendous. I’ve lived here 13 years, never once has this ever been like this,” said Darla Sheets. “Junk everywhere, rats, no respect whatsoever— taking over the street.” She put up barricades behind her home to stop people from camping there.

Watch this video from KGW-TV. Be warned: It’s disturbing.

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BULL
4 months ago

Darwin was RIGHT!

Danielle
4 months ago

When our Government gives billions to other less fortunate country for food and housing , Why do they forget the ones that live here? I don’t think any of these people want to be homeless. They need a great deal of money left here for our own people. If there’s a will theres a way. People of America please will this to happen.

Crystal
4 months ago

I get it that people are homeless but come on why does a person need to make places nasty . Put trash in trash cans take the cars to the junkyard that are not good . It’s sad that you are homeless but what is even worse is people don’t care about what other people have worked hard for . I get it that you guys don’t want that mess there . The city needs to find an old hotel or something to help the homeless get on their feet and out of the streets . Sending hugs and prayers for you and the homeless

Greg O.
4 months ago

The RV park residents need to make sure they call the police and report every single incident that happens, flood local law enforcement(911) with phone calls and reports and force their hand to do something. But remember, thru all this the homeless are people too, so like any group of people don’t let these few ruin your outlook of all of them.

Don
4 months ago

It is sad that that many are homeless. But with all the help needed signs all over .. Why

Erik Potter
4 months ago

It is referred to as “mess down their neck”. Show them the same lack of respect. What goes around comes around. Enough is enough. How do you want to word it. People have to deal with it because they don’t deal with it.

Pam stephens
4 months ago

Let’s learn from mental health in US/European History-Either way, the government pays for this. Perhaps we need to re-open the massive amounts of state hospitals that used to house them. Go back to old methods the government used to use in the 50s-80’s which is call for the men in white suits to round ‘em up, lock them up, get them off street drugs, lobotomize, shock therapy, keep them medicated on Haloperidol so they can’t cause problems. Those that are more manageable can be released & housed in disability apartments, given simple jobs. It’s either go back to that or keep the current situation of letting them run over us like rats. Law abiding citizens should not be forced to look at this garbage. Or shall Uncle Joe build hundreds of thousands of condos for them and send them a few thousand a month? Which option do you West Coasters vote for? In any society in the world at any given time there will be a mentally ill segment unable to care for themselves that needs handling.

Pam stephens
4 months ago

Call the Orkin Man, BIG PEST PROBLEM that needs total extermination.

Roxann
4 months ago

Instead of the nasty people making it harder for the mother with 3 kids that lives in her car the kids go to school the mother goes to work these people want a home but how can she rent is too much.I have to think about my grandson that lives with me our trailer court is for sale and we will be on the streets next

Dan Cruzen
4 months ago

Unfortunately, liberal city govt is useless and LE has its hands tied.
I’m afraid that good, paying citizens will eventually get fed up and take drastic measures into their own hands. Some will may even take deadly action without worrying about the consequences.
I empathize fully with the law abiding and see them snapping. Liberal city govt, such as Los Angeles, does nothing and the city now stinks, disease ridden, human sewage and rubbish is everywhere.
When cities loose money maybe they will get off the pot, so to speak and take action.
Maybe find out where all the out of staters are and bus them home.
Calif gives money and funding away as freebies to the homeless
Ship the squatters back home to their tax payers.
We shouldn’t have to pay for everyone else’s homeless in our area.

Steve
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan Cruzen

Sure, it’s a liberal city problem. Unless it’s Dallas, Omaha , Tulsa, Lincoln, Jacksonville, or any other big city. But it’s easier to blame liberals. Fox news will turn your brain to mush.

Thomas H Cox
4 months ago
Reply to  Steve

But it isn’t Omaha, Tulsa, Lincoln, Jax, and other cities in Red states…it on you Libbie.

Pam stephens
4 months ago
Reply to  Steve

Fox News has nothing to do with this buddy. I live in Dallas. Sure we have homeless there too but they would never be allowed to just set up wherever, we just are NOT as welcoming.

Steve
4 months ago
Reply to  Pam stephens

You haven’t had massive fires wipe out whole towns either

Steve
4 months ago
Reply to  Steve

Fox news pounds their listeners over and over and over with misinformation and half truths. Kinda sounds like what Putin is doing with his state run propaganda news

Louie Guertin
4 months ago

It appears the “homeless” may camp wherever and those who appear of means may not. Does public property camping include community legislators or administrators homefronts?

Carson
4 months ago

The widening divide between the haves and the have-nots continues to manifest in ways the wealthy will never really give a hoot about from the security of their mansions and gated communities…

Thomas H Cox
4 months ago
Reply to  Carson

Would that include a chain link fence between all the “haves” have in their RV’s and those people who made decisions in their lives that put them in squalor? Why should those “haves” have their lives ruined because of the ones who want others to pay their freight.

Daniel
4 months ago
Reply to  Thomas H Cox

What makes you think ANY of these poor souls caused themselves to be in this situation? I gaurantee you less than 1% of the homeless cause themselves to become homeless. For many, it’s mental health issues that they can’t get help for, because they aren’t “enough” to be able to have health insurance. For the majority, it is lack of income and housing costs.

elaine
4 months ago

These kind of people make it impossible for a respectful nomad man. I’ll go join these people camping to show them how it done.

Mandy
4 months ago

I live in utah and the homeless problem here is huge. Across the street from my elderly moms house is a huge honeless camp. Its a disgusting mess i try to explain if they would clean up after themselves. Ppl wouldnt mind the camping.

Daniel
4 months ago
Reply to  Mandy

Sadly, people WOULD still mind, even if their camp was the cleanest place on Earth. It has nothing to do with cleanliness, etc. Instead it’s the classic “get rid of those who have less than us; they don’t deserve to…..” Mentality

Katherine D Williams
4 months ago

Perhaps we need to limit tax benefits for real estate that isn’t lived in full time by the owners. Too much speculative investing is driving rent up and people on the edge out.

dogman197
4 months ago

Re-read what you wrote. You raise taxes and other fees on non- owner occupied structures, you are going to force them to raise the rents. You have it backwards. You don’t penalize someone for their hard work to become successful.

Lou
4 months ago

It’s truly heartbreaking and a difficult situation. With regard to rving, there no way I’d choose to stay at an rv park like this, but it is partly self inflicted. These “rv parks” really are long term places with a mix of mobile homes and rvs that have been allowed to build semi permanent structures around rvs. These parks should be classified as something else, because they aren’t rv parks, at least not the resort kind it seems.

Here in Tucson, there are homeless everywhere. Most suffer from mental illness. Many refuse help in the form of a place to stay and a job…. because most are addicted to drugs and just want cash which is why I stopped giving any of them any cash. The few who are trying to get back on their feet receive plenty of assistance here.

Dan
5 months ago

This is what happens when the government turns its back on the mentally ill .
I remember growing up there were State mental hospitals they can help housing care for people who could not care for themselves. these people would be in those institutions, but they shut them all down and turned them all out into the street.
this is what your government does , it didn’t care about them then, it doesn’t care about them now.
they cost money, they don’t produce it (tax’s)…… bottom line.
So consider that when you look at them and realize that that might be the best they can possibly do in life . that’s all they’ve got and to them it’s important , to them it’s a sense of security and safety, it’s survival .
there but for the grace of God……

Nicole
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan

If you remember why, Reagan signed a bill in 1967 that got rid of Against-will institutionalization, a lot of them were caught doing electroshock therapy and other experimental treatments and abuse. Many families after hearing of this refuse to send their family members to places like that. So the government didn’t turn their back. I wanna say mental health wasn’t completely understood and the institutions needed a huge reform.
Mental hospitals were getting shut down and phased out in the decades to come after that signing.

Yes It is incredibly expensive, incredibly difficult and frustrating to try to get someone the mental health they need when they’re just competent enough to check themselves out. (And where do you think the government is getting the money to pay for that, our taxes)

//Some inpatient rehabs may cost around $6,000 for a 30-day program. Well-known centers often cost up to $20,000 for a 30-day program. For those requiring 60- or 90-day programs, the total average of costs could range anywhere from $12,000 to $60,000. Per person

A lot of those folks on the street -we know they need the help- but they’re still competent to choose not to go in for help or continue treatment when it gets too rough and uncomfortable. At that point I’m all for Against-will institutionalization if it will help them become functional in society again.

BILLY Bob Thronton
5 months ago

Scratch portland off your summer travel plans!!!

Frank Clipper
4 months ago

Already did when BLM took over, I’ll never go to any Democrat run city again, unless it’s to switch planes going to somewhere nice.

Louie Guertin
4 months ago
Reply to  Frank Clipper

Very interesting take. What are your positives for your stand? I know a negative is denying ones opportunity to interact with persons of same and differing ideas unless one expects all to agree with one.

Linda
4 months ago

Already did. But I live in washington state. Its just as bad. We have one of those liberal govs also. If i was young, I’d be headed out of here!

Irene D.
5 months ago

Why is there only a chain link fence around the RV park? Many parks in congested areas I have been to have solid concrete or cinder block walls to shut out what is going on beyond the walls. This RV park owner ought to be thinking about how to secure his park with proper fencing shielding his renters to make the park more palatable.
As for the homeless, and the comments about them working? As several commenters said, they need multiple solutions. Working 2 jobs at minimum wage (often, jobs without benefits like medical insurance) is not enough to pay for an apartment at today’s rates…much less food, a vehicle and insurance to get back and forth to work, or a telephone that employers require. The over-simplified solution of “get a job” is ignorant because it ignores the reality that many homeless do work.

Billy Swank
5 months ago

Most homeless folk come from at least 45 other states across the good old USA to Long Beach Ca where I live…so I suggest it’s a national problem….

Don
5 months ago
Reply to  Billy Swank

How is it a national problem It’s a Gavin ****** problem by making it to where he gives them everything for free here and doesn’t put them in jail for any of the crimes that they do and lets them hang out in front of businesses and houses and everything else and basically destroy neighborhoods destroy businesses destroy everything that they touch and we all have to front the bill for all of that but yet ******* will give them $4,000 a month to stay in a hotel and they trash the hotels even at that So it’s not a national problem this is a California problem and ******* is the head of the class for it

BILLY Bob Thronton
5 months ago
Reply to  Don

It ain’t his problem, he defeated the recall. He’s only going to feel embolden now. I suggest you make some popcorn, and just watch the show.

Dan
5 months ago
Reply to  Don

Uhhhhh, this is in Oregon.

Frank Clipper
4 months ago
Reply to  Billy Swank

No it’s a problem in Democrat run areas, not allowed in nice places, enjoy California BTW don’t tell me the typical cali garbage of what a huge economy it is, the whole place is old and trashy, Hollywood now looks like a bodega from Harlem. YUCK!

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