COLUMBIA, MO (KMIZ)
Some group members have raised issues about homeless folks utilizing companies tons in Columbia. Alongside Enterprise Loop 70, individuals who look like homeless may be seen strolling on the road or hanging out in tons.
The U.S Division of housing says in 2021 over 6,500 hundred folks have been dwelling in emergency shelters or transitional houses in Missouri.
Neighborhood residents have went to social media to specific their concern for a homeless downside within the space.
ABC 17 Information requested some house owners Saturday what their experiences have been like.
Eugene Gauger, proprietor of Beneath The Gun Tattoo Store on Enterprise Loop, says he is been on the loop for a 12 months now and mentioned homelessness has been an issue for him whereas operating his enterprise.
He mentioned he has had to make some minor adjustments to fight the issue like eradicating his outdoors benches and cigarette butt cans and upgraded the safety cameras on his property.
Gauger mentioned he tried being pleasant and has even provided cash to some panhandlers to do work round his store however was turned down.
“It simply looks like that, to have the ability to put your hand out and settle for the cash keen is one factor however to work for it takes day out of your day and if you will get one thing for nothing then why would you need to work for it,” Gauger mentioned.
Gauger mentioned he selected the Enterprise Loop for its fame and the enterprise alternatives it presents.
“I didn’t perceive the extent of the homeless inhabitants and as soon as we began coping with the homeless inhabitants, it actually made me rethink my choice however I am already thus far invested now, I simply hope they do one thing to get it cleaned up,” Gauger mentioned.
Gauger mentioned he would not see these points in different elements of Columbia. He added that he did not have a difficulty with homeless folks sometimes coming onto the property till some began making inappropriate feedback to his feminine workers.
Heather Yu-King is the proprietor of Como Develop Provide and has been at her Enterprise Loop retailer entrance for 3 years. She says her expertise with homeless folks within the space have been constructive.
She mentioned regardless of one subject, the homeless inhabitants has been her safety and infrequently escort her workers to their autos.
Plus, they’ve helped preserve the world protected. “They warn me like hey, there’s any person, I do not know him, I by no means seen him earlier than however he is been strolling round your retailer. You would possibly need to preserve a watch out, I do not know if you wish to name the cops,” Yu-King mentioned.
Yu-King says she feels that extra applications must be provided to assist homeless people get again on their ft.
As of now, there are a number of teams in Columbia which are keen to assist the homeless inhabitants together with Love Columbia, The Voluntary Motion Middle and the Central Missouri Neighborhood Motion Middle.