Homeowners are now leaving the Democrat-led city of Portland amid the homelessness crisis and crime surge.
In a city known for its unique neighborhoods, bike-friendly commutes, and locally owned businesses, some Portland, Oregon, residents have become so terrified of the homeless crisis plaguing the area, which is now spreading into the suburbs, they have resorted to selling their homes – and realtors are struggling to offload them.
They seem to be almost everywhere, in places old and new, no age spared. Sleeping on cardboard or bare ground, the homeless come together under bridges and trees, their belongings in plastic bags symbolizing lives on the move.
As officials struggle to respond to this growing crisis, some say things are likely to get worse. With very little planned to be done to solve the catastrophic problem, residents are now fleeing the city and have lost their faith in Portland, which is led by Democrats.
One long-time resident told Daily Mail about the struggle of living in a Democrat-led city:
“I’ve been here 65 years, but I’m done, I’m done with Portland. What’s there to say? They move in, take over the neighborhood, do their drugs, play their loud music, and make a mess.”
“The city comes in and cleans it up, and then two weeks later, they come back,” Bruce Philip added. “It’s a vicious cycle, and I’m done.”
While Phillips wants to leave Portland, his wife, Becky, is right on board with his decision. She also spoke to Daily Mail and expressed how problematic the homelessness crisis was in the city.
Local realtor George Patterson has met a lot of Portland residents who want to quickly sell their homes and leave the city because homeless people are encroaching upon their homes and places of residence. He said that his clients deal with the problems of homelessness “every day” because homeless camps are becoming even more common in Oregon city.
Patterson confessed that some buyers are turned off once they realize that homes are located near homeless encampments. One such camp, called Multnomah Village, is home to hundreds of homeless people who have nowhere else to go, so they live in the city-sanctioned camp.
“We had an early offer on a home, but it fell through, and there was some concern there with the Multnomah village site,” Patterson said, referring to a home that was selling for upwards of $700,000. “I can say [homeless encampments] are definitely affecting the property values.”
In fact, Mayor Ted Wheeler, a Democrat, admitted the ongoing crisis in Portland:
“Even though the economy has never been stronger, inequality [is] growing at an alarming rate and the benefits from a [growing] economy are increasingly concentrated in fewer and fewer hands… We have increasing disparity all across the United States, and that’s definitely impacting people.”
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