Missoula continues to enable the drug addicts. The state’s largest homeless shelter is here, and it draws ‘em like moths to a flame.
NBC Montana had a story about the problems residents are facing.
One homeowner says he sees “drug deals going on in in front of his house,” and then mentions that “his lawn has turned into a Porta Potty.”
“Daily” drug deals are taking place, there are “people sleeping in their cars,” and lawns are filled with human urine and feces.
These stories are nothing new.
- In August, a homeless man groped three different teenage girls while they were swimming in the river.
- In April we were told about the needles that are constantly found by business- and homeowners.
- Last May, a drunk homeless man raped a woman on the courthouse lawn.
The City of Missoula has no idea what to do about this problem.
Well, actually...they want to make it worse.
As if having the state’s largest homeless shelter wasn’t a crime magnet enough, now the city wants to build a new center, one that’s supposedly going to help homeless mothers and children.
This new center will be located - where else? - on the city’s Westside, where the current shelter is, and where the worst of our drug crisis is located.
Many in the local non-profit crowd will make tons of profits off this new scheme to ‘help’ the homeless.
I think the best way the homeless can help the non-profit crowd is to stay in a perpetual state of homelessness, which will keep the money rolling into those non-profits.
If these bleeding hearts actually wanted to reduce the number of homeless people in this town, we’d have seen a reduction by now.
But that’s not the goal. The goal is to help people...just not those that go to work, save up to buy homes, and then pay their taxes responsibly.
If you’re that guy, we don’t care about you. If you’re the guy defecating on that guy’s lawn, we’ll fall all over ourselves to give you everything, with no accountability needed on your part.
I’m very worried we’re turning into San Francisco. We’re already following their ‘enrich the wealthy while gentrifying the rest’ strategy, and now we’re going down the same path of allowing feces on the streets and sidewalks and in the yards.
Back in 2011, San Francisco had 5,500 reported incidents of human shit on their streets. By 2018 that’d shot up to 28,000 reports.
That comes out to 77 dumps a day that people see and are so turned-off by that they file a report. I imagine many little shits never get a report, however.
Business Insider pointed out the main reasons for this shitty mess:
“But the problem is bigger than just keeping the streets clean — the issue appears to be related to the city's struggle to accommodate its homeless population amid skyrocketing rent prices and a decreasing supply of affordable housing.”
Sounds a lot like Missoula, don’t it?
According to the Guardian, it costs $2,500 a month for a studio apartment in San Francisco, something the city’s 7,500 homeless people certainly can’t afford.
Rental prices keep going up here, too.
After half a decade, Missoula’s 10-year-plan to end homelessness has failed spectacularly.
Instead of wasting another five years on ideas that don’t work and don’t benefit homeowners, let’s go with an idea that will work: bus tickets.
It costs $83 for a bus ticket from Missoula to Seattle, and $174 to go to San Francisco.
That’ll cost a lot less than continuing to enable drug addicts and alcoholics, some of whom will surely die on our frozen streets this winter.