Debbie Thompson wrote:I agree. Let's try to come up with our own solutions. MCCD is no friend of Springfield.
You say you called in code to deem the house uninhabitable? What were you thinking? Another condemned house in Springfield. The druggie squatter that gets kicked out will just squat in another house, and meanwhile the carriage house can't be cleaned up and used by anyone else.
Why do we think that the way to deal with drug users is to get houses condemned, causing it to make them hard to sell or rehab, and ultimately too often dooming them to demolition?
It's time to find a different way to deal with this issue.
What was I thinking? That a known crackhead that attracts other crackheads & prostitutes is living in the carriage house behind 1930 without water or power. And that getting the carriage house deemed unlivable (not the house, the house is secured) would get the crackhead thrown out and the carriage house boarded up properly. Coinicidentally, this particular crackhead also broke into a vacant house near me last year. Eventually he'll learn that breaking into vacant houses, buying/selling crack, and having other crackhead & prostitute friends over isn't welcomed in this neighborhood, and he just may try his chances on elsewhere. Where residents don't care as much about crime, buying & selling crack, prostitution, and breaking into vacant homes.
if you'd like to help him out, you can try to convince him to check in to Gateway Dextox in downtown. From there, he can go to Gateway residential treatment facility for 3 to 6 months, then either to the Salvation Army adult rehabilitation center for another year, City Rescue Mission for another year, or the Sulzbacher Center for about 6 to 12 months. He'll get all the help he needs to get sober, access medical care, counseling, get job training, and become a productive member of society - if he chooses to.