Homeless Hurting Local Businesses?
They've been co-existing for quite awhile, but now a local homeless population has begun to affect some local businesses.
Tasty Buddha owner Parker Van Hart says the population living behind the restaurant has been coming up to customers and knocking on doors asking for money, and they get mad if they don't receive anything.
They've had to call the police more over the last few weeks than usual and believe they are out of options.
The homeless coalition has a one-stop homeless center in the works, but it has been delayed by lawsuits and permits.
Van Hart says this is one option, but displaced people have different needs.
"I think the one-stop-shop is a good idea but we aren't talking enough about that segment of the homeless population that doesn't really want help. We need to address these people and figure out what we can do to help them."
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