Vagrancy and begging are gaining a foothold in Hernando County. Motorists touring on Cortez Boulevard, US 19, Mariner Boulevard, or Spring Hill Drive on any given day might come into contact with intruders utilizing insupportable paraphernalia, comparable to half-starved canines, strollers (hopefully) carrying dolls, and indicators Completely different designed to extract onerous cash from sympathetic targets.
Homeless folks do not all the time clear up their camps once they determine to maneuver on, and that is as true in Hernando County as it’s in San Francisco, simply on a a lot smaller scale. For instance, McDonald’s patron Hector Rivard mentioned, “It appears to be like like a bomb went off” in an empty lot behind a quick meals restaurant at 10319 County Line Highway, the place a homeless man has been dwelling amongst a gaggle of timber for a number of months. The campground is adjoining to a gated neighborhood, a number of quick meals eating places, and near the busy Mariner Blvd/County Line intersection full of quick meals packaging, strewn clothes and footwear, and miscellaneous trash left behind.
“I come right here (to McDonald’s) to seize my espresso on the way in which to work perhaps thrice per week. He would sit on the transformer field over there and look ahead to folks to provide him a bag of meals or some cash,” mentioned the Golden Arches pastor. There’s a girl with him. Some mornings, they hung sheets within the boughs round that mess—for privateness, I feel.” Revard described the person as “about thirty.”
Vagrancy and beggary, societal mainstays which have lengthy plagued cities in underdeveloped nations, have develop into the norm in some massive American cities comparable to San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. In response to a latest report by the American Council on Homelessness, on one evening in 2021, almost 580,000 folks had been experiencing homelessness in america. Six in ten (61 %) had been staying in protected websites — emergency shelters or transitional housing applications — and almost 4 in ten (39 %) had been in non-shelter places comparable to streets, deserted buildings, or different uninhabitable locations. human habitation.
Nonetheless, with the nation’s ongoing border disaster raging, nobody in our authorities appears to know what number of undocumented and undocumented immigrants dwell right here or what number of parts of the varied homeless camps in massive American cities. The federal government stories that there are roughly 11.4 million undocumented immigrants right here; Nonetheless, this quantity has not modified a lot in 15 years. Throughout the identical timeframe, the federal government has recorded thousands and thousands of undocumented folks from all over the world crossing our borders and thousands and thousands extra breaking borders by way of folks smuggling or just by wading into the Rio Grande. This begs the query: How can the identical authorities that does not know what number of thousands and thousands of unlawful immigrants are within the nation know that there are about 580,000 homeless folks on any given evening?
People are actually a beneficiant folks. We now have personal and state social applications that supply cash, meals stamps (SNAP), backed housing, clothes, free cell telephones, and free well being care. Furthermore, taxpayers fund sufficient social applications to assist a small nation.
In the meantime, what Rivard known as “the mess” endured. Apparently, “the homeless man has moved,” he says, pointing to the mess of garments strewn among the many timber. “I have not seen anybody there in a month.”
Larry Clifton is a contract author and writer of the e book, Martin’s Secret, obtainable on Amazon in print and digital. A lifelong resident of Florida and at the moment residing in Spring Hill, Clifton is NAUI Licensed in Diving and is an FAA Licensed Unmanned Plane Operator.
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