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Reno to Order Homeless Squatters Off Streets
The Reno City Council is moving to expand its ordinance keeping the homeless from sitting or sleeping on city streets.
Posted: 9:44 PM Nov 17, 2010
Reporter: Ed Pearce
Their address for the moment is could be any street corner near the downtown. Their home for the night is likely some doorway, some stretch of sidewalk somewhere and wherever that is, it’s likely to create a problem for someone else. [And “someone else” matters more, of course…]
The problem of the homeless camping out on the sidewalks of Reno is especially evident along East Fourth Street and the closer to the Record Street Homeless Center, the more evident.
Businesses along here say it’s a growing problem. Those close by say they often have to clean up after someone who’s relieved themselves in their doorway.
A few blocks east of Record Street at Anchor Auctions Connie Pilliod says she is sympathetic to the homeless and never finds them sleeping outside her door, but she worries about their impact on the whole neighborhood.
“It’s scary and I’m concerned people will be afraid to come down here,” she says.
Daniel Davis lives just a couple of blocks from Connie’s business on the sidewalk just outside the homeless shelter.
He says he understands the concerns, but has little choice. “We’re not all bad. We aren’t drunks or on drugs,” he says. “We’ve just had bad luck.”
[GENTRIFICATION] The sidewalk Daniel and others now call home was once blocks away from the downtown core, but the city has been expanding it’s redevelopment efforts and features like the new City Center Bus Station and the Freight House District are just a short block away from dozens of homeless camped on the streets.
So, today the city council took the first step to expand those boundaries.
Some residents spoke in opposition suggesting restrictions were cruel.
The council’s answer: this is not an effort to criminalize homelessness. There are services available, but some choose not to accept the help and that’s put them at odds with a city determined to clear its sidewalks.
The ordinance will come up for a second reading and vote in the coming weeks.
When it does, sleeping or sitting on a sidewalk in a huge area surrounding the downtown will become a misdemeanor.
Deputy Police Chief Dave Evans says offenders will get a warning and all the help they need. Those choosing to stay will be arrested.
The area that would be covered by the ordinance is bounded on the north by I-80, the south by California Avenue, the west by Keystone and the east Wells Avenue.