Contact Us

Amarillo Has The Tent City Blues; City Ordinance Being Discussed

Homeless Struggle To Maintain New Encampment In Sacramento
Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Amarillo has the tent city blues.  When it started nine months ago most of us looked the other way, some of us donated and others laughed.  No one is laughing now.

The Pierce Street overpass next to Faith City Ministries is packed wall-to-wall with tents and homeless people living in them.  Faith City has being doing all it can to help these people in need.  But the worm has turned.

Donations have ceased.  Alcohol abuse is rampant.  Theft is a growing problem.  There have been reports of people having sex in broad daylight.  Some of the residents of tent city have become abusive and have basically driven off the good Samaritans providing them with the little help they were getting.

There is little the city can do about the problem as the tent city is officially on state, not city property.  TxDot has to make a complaint before anything can be done.  Of course when tent city is dispersed they will have to go somewhere else.

In this regard Amarillo City Attorney Marcus Norris has given city commissioners a draft ordinance that would bar camping on public property within the city limits.

No word on how this will effect Black Friday, the next major concert ticket event or the Fourth of July but beware setting up a tent!

For more see this source article.

 

Best of News Talk 940

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://voiceofamarillo.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for VOA VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive VOA VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.