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Unbelievable but True

If you don’t already feel the effects of homelessness in your neighborhood, you will soon.

Within a 1 year period (2016 to 2017), San Francisco Public Works cleanup crews removed over 679 tons of trash from homeless tent camps, including over 100,000 used syringes.

In 2018, Sacramento cleared out 741 homeless camps and removed over 1 million pounds of trash along their river parkway. And in a separate, single encampment under a bridge, over 32,000 pounds were removed.

In 2016, San Jose removed 24 tons of trash from a single encampment.

Fresno, CA sanitation workers pick up anywhere from 2 to 10 tons of garbage a day from homeless encampments.

In 2018 in Orange County (not far from Disneyland), a SINGLE, 2-mile-long homeless encampment was cleared out. Over 400 TONS of trash was removed, along with 14,000 needles, and over 5,000 pounds of hazardous waste (including human waste, propane, pesticides, etc.). 700 homeless individuals lived there.

In 2017, Seattle removed 3,205 tons of garbage and waste from unmanaged encampments. In 2018, they removed 260 tons.

In Honolulu, clean up crews regularly remove trash from encampments, with staggering results: in 2013, 139 tons; 2014, 209 tons; 2015, 341 tons; 2016, 162 tons.

With so many mentally ill homeless roaming the streets, we can’t assume we’re safe just because we’re in public, or it’s the middle of the day, or we’re not bothering them. Many times, these are random, unprovoked attacks with no regard to gender or age, and worst of all, no concern of punishment.

ATTACKS BY HOMELESS:

In Garden City, CA, a homeless man went on a stabbing rampage, resulting in 5 victims, including a 4-year old child.

In New York City, a tourist taking photos was stabbed in the back by a homeless man.

At Waikiki Beach, a homeless man attacked a young woman; she required facial reconstruction surgery.

In Tampa, Florida, a homeless man attacked a person in a car at a stoplight.

Outside of Chicago, a person using the restroom was shot in the face with a flare gun by a homeless man.

In Seattle, a homeless man followed a young woman into a car dealership restroom, locked the door, and raped her.

In Manhattan, a woman was repeatedly slashed with a machete; the attacker had 23 previous arrests, including another machete attack.

In Seattle, a homeless man approached a father and daughter, asked them, “what’s in your sink?” and then attacked them.

In Ventura, CA, a father eating at an outdoor restaurant with his young daughter on his lap, died after being stabbed in the neck by a homeless man in a random attack.

In New York City, a 61-year-old man was smashed in the face with a brick from a homeless man.

In San Diego, a homeless man attacked an apartment manager with a bat after being asked to leave the property.

In Seattle, a homeless man beat and strangled a tourist with a rope.

In Portland, OR, a father was stabbed 17 times after telling a homeless man to leave the neighborhood.

In Sacramento, a homeless man threw rocks at three cyclists, resulting in a collapsed lung for one cyclist.

ATTACKS ON HOMELESS:

In Fresno, a group of at least 25 teens made a game out of attacking and robbing homeless people.

A homeless man lost his leg in a machete attack while asleep in his tent.

A San Diego homeless man was severely beaten by another homeless man, generating a six-figure intensive-care bill.

Three Philadelphia women brutally beat to death a 51-year-old homeless man using a hammer, piece of wood and kicking him in the head.

In Nashville, a woman shot a homeless man who asked her to move her Porsche.

A Chicago teen sucker-punched a homeless man. His friends videotaped it, and they can be heard laughing and saying, “He knocked his ass out.”

Philadelphia teens beat a homeless man to death, robbed him, and ran away laughing.

Over the course of 17 years (1999 to 2015) across America, 1,657 reported acts of violence have been committed against the homeless, resulting in 428 deaths. That’s about 2 murdered homeless individuals per month.

The frequent flyers tie up emergency services with their frequent – and sometimes unnecessary – use. They cost taxpayers a lot of money and pull away resources for those in real need.

AMBULANCE

By law, EMS workers cannot refuse to treat or transport any patient. And ERs have to evaluate at least and stabilize homeless patients, as well as offer them food and a shower. The homeless know this, so they use this to their advantage.

Many homeless call 911 like a taxi service to get a free ride across town, just to get closer to a nearby shelter for free lunch or dinner, or a warm bed in the hospital.

In San Francisco, 50 to 75 percent of homeless ambulance users are frequent flyers and don’t need an ambulance.

Every city with homeless has frequent flyers: San Diego estimates 1,136 frequent flyers; Fresno, 3,100; Camden, NY, 1,035 frequent flyers.

In midtown New York City, one frequent flyer faked emergencies to get food and shelter in ERs between 40 to 50 times in a three year period.

In San Diego, homeless frequent flyers are eight-hundredths of a percent (.08%) of the city’s population and account for more than 17% of paramedic and ambulance calls in the city. This results in more than $20 million in annual costs.

In San Diego, homeless frequent flyers clog up the system so bad, officials advise people in need to take Uber to hospitals instead of an ambulance.

JAIL

In Portland Oregon, between 1996 and 2018, 440 homeless had been arrested more than 20 times each, and they collectively had over 20,000 arrests.

In New York City, within a three year period, one homeless man went to jail 13 times for a total of 348 days. And during that same time, he checked into a homeless shelter 40 times.

In Orlando, FL, one homeless man set the jail’s frequent flyer record had 124 trips to the county jail – about once per month.

In Larimer County, Colorado, the County Jails top 10 frequent flyers have racked up more than 238 arrests in a five year period, for a total of 4,668 days in jail, costing taxpayers $546,156.

 

HOSPITAL

On some nights in San Francisco General Hospital, 70 percent of the beds are filled with chronic drinkers who are frequent flyers.

Nationwide, frequent flyers account for 22% of health costs.

Medicaid paid $46 million for the top 1 percent (1,035 patients) of Camden, NY’s frequent flyers during a five-year period.

The government gives medical centers more than $11 billion in funding annually to treat uninsured and low-income patients, including frequent users.

Used drug needles are being regularly discarded by the homeless, with no concern for the safety of others.

Used needles are found in public places, all around the nation: in parks, like in Denver, Colorado; little league baseball fields, like in San Antonio, Texas; and during an Easter Egg Hunt at a children’s playground in Florida.

It’s so bad in many communities across the nation that volunteers perform massive needle clean-up days. They do it in the Bronx; Hamilton, OH; Salt Lake City, UT; Uniontown, PA; Everett, WA; Lawrence, MA; Philadelphia, PA; Bangor, ME; Albuquerque, NM; Tacoma, WA; La Crosse, WI; Kennewick, WA; Portland, OR; and many other communities.

In metropolitan areas, it’s unbelievable how bad it is.

In Philadelphia, one park, in particular, is so bad that the locals call it “Needle Park.”

San Francisco hands out almost 5 million syringes a year to its drug addicts for free.  Unfortunately, used syringes are discarded in public places so often that San Francisco has dedicated clean up crews to pick them up every month. Recently it’s budget increased by another $750,000 to hire ten more workers for this effort.

In 2017, San Francisco cleanup crews picked up about 240,000 dirty used needles on sidewalks, children’s playgrounds, in front of schools, park benches, public buses, and everywhere else in the city. It’s unknown how many of the remaining 4.76 million needles are properly disposed of.

San Francisco‘s downtown area is more contaminated with drug needles, garbage, and human feces than some of the world’s poorest slums.

Public defecation creates enormous public health hazards such as hepatitis A and E.coli. It’s as easy to catch as touching a door handle with an infected person’s fecal matter on it, then touching your mouth or eating food.

In 2017, California experienced the largest hepatitis A outbreak in the United States since the hepatitis A vaccine became available in 1996. This outbreak was attributed to homeless public defecation and not washing hands afterwards.

In San Diego alone, there were 590 cases and 20 deaths from hepatitis A.

Santa Cruz County had 76 confirmed cases of hepatitis A and one death.

In 2018, cases of hepatitis A in the United States had nearly doubled between 2017 and 2018.

The CDC reports that 68% of the cases in 2018 and 2017 are linked to homeless people and those that use illicit drugs.

Sacramento recreational river areas frequently test positive for high levels of E.coli bacteria believed to be coming from human feces from upstream homeless camps.

Homeless encampments are now fixtures all throughout the country — under freeway underpasses, industrial zones, business districts, residential neighborhoods, children’s playgrounds, and parking lots.

In 2017:

Los Angeles had 222 encampments.

Seattle had more than 600 reported encampments.

California’s Caltrans cleaned up over 7,000 homeless encampments throughout the state’s roads at the cost of $10 million, a 34% increase compared to the previous year

In 2018:

Sacramento cleared out 741 homeless camps and removed over 1 million pounds of trash along their river parkway.

The homeless are overwhelming law enforcement and clogging up jails.

In 2017 in Portland, OR, 52% of all arrests were for homeless people. Of those arrested, 440 had been arrested more than 20 times since 1996, and they collectively had over 20,000 arrests over time.

In 2017, Santa Monica, CA, responded to over 35,000 calls for police service regarding the homeless. They had a 23% increase in homelessness over the previous year. With that, came a 30 percent increase in calls to the police.

Santa Monica receives so many calls that their response times take twice as long as other comparable southern California cities.

In June 2018, the Sacramento Police department sent patrol cars to 3,456 calls for service involving the homeless.

In 2017, LAPD made almost 21,000 arrests of homeless people. 6,400 of those arrests were for felonies, including robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and more. Those arrests were an increase of 10 percent from the previous year.

In 2016, Seattle police received 3,300 calls to a single downtown shelter; that was an average of nine calls per day. Additionally, the facility received 561 calls for medical aid.

In 2013, LAPD’s cost to arrest 15,000 homeless people was between $46 million and $80 million.

Santa Monica jails are so overcrowded due to the homeless, that they refuse to hold anyone if their bail is less than $25,000.

Leaders are so desperate to alleviate the burdens of homelessness, that they’ll do anything:

San Diego hands out poop baggies to the homeless, hoping they’ll be responsible and scoop their own poop to fight the Hepatitis A outbreak.

San Francisco has bused over 9,000 homeless people out of their city between 2004 and 2016. This has now become a common practice for cities.

Sacramento spent $625,000 on one public restroom for the homeless that is open only 12 hours a day.

New York City will continue to spend $364 million each year for the next few years to put the homeless in hotels. Some rooms cost as much as $549 per night.

Sacramento had a problem with homeless flushing syringes down a single toilet and clogging the drains. So they installed a $50,000 grinder to chew up the syringes.

Oakland, CA’s Mayor asked its citizens to allow the homeless to live in spare rooms in their homes.

Hospitals and mental institutions are desperate too and perform what is called “patient dumping” – which is when they dump homeless patients on the streets, in parks, or on the doorsteps of shelters.

A hospital in Stockton, CA, dumped a homeless amputee patient without hands or legs in a park.

A Baltimore hospital dumped a homeless patient on the street in midwinter, wearing only a hospital gown, socks, and one shoe.

UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA, used a ride share service to dump a homeless woman at a local shelter, just days after her double mastectomy surgery. But with no room at the shelter, she slept in her car that night. She still had drainage tubes dangling from her chest. A few days later, she was taken back to the hospital by ambulance.

Nevada‘s primary state psychiatric hospital illegally put hundreds of mentally ill patients on buses and sent them to cities and towns across America.

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