A shocking video out of Oakland, California is making the rounds on the internet, and it’s very alarming.
If you watch this video and you didn’t know any better, you’d think the footage was from “Slum Dog Millionaire,” shot in some filthy, uninhabitable area of Calcutta, India.
But it’s not.
It’s footage from Oakland, California, right next-door to your friendly neighborhood Home Depot store.
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Back in July, KPIX reported on the massive homeless compound, that appears to house more than 100 people.
The city of Oakland is taking steps toward cleaning up the homeless encampment surrounding the Home Depot in Oakland’s Fruitvale district, but you might not notice the improvements when you drive by the hardware store.
An ordinance that passed Wednesday night closes down 37th Avenue behind the Home Depot, currently one man in an RV is back there. 37th Avenue is city property so city leaders are able to close the street as long as they give the RV dweller proper notice, he’s being asked to leave by July 23rd.
Meanwhile nearly 100 people are camping on Alameda Avenue in front of the store, they will be allowed to stay until the city can offer them an alternative location.
“Right now the city’s response is well we have to find another location and we’re stuck at that,” City Council Member Noel Gallo said.[KPIX]
As you can imagine, the people who own, and work at Home Depot are not thrilled, either.
OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — It’s no way to run a business– at least that’s what Home Depot is telling the City of Oakland.
The company is now fed up with the expansive homeless encampment that’s encircled its Oakland store.
“The biggest issues they have in these encampments are aggressive individuals in these camps and theft,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.
Home Depot officials met this week with Schaaf to express concerns and insist the city do something–immediately.
“Let me just be clear,” said Schaaf. “No one deserves the unpleasant impacts of large-scale encampments– the trash, the blight, the human waste. We need to clean these impacts up while being compassionate.” [ABC 7]
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This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
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