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Indy residents ask city for help with homeless in their neighborhood

Posted: 12:13 AM, Aug 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-09 10:46:07-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- People who live in a neighborhood near downtown Indianapolis want the city to help them clean up the mess they say is being made by a homeless camp at the end of their street.

Drugs, bottles and used needles are just some of the things that residents say they’ve been cleaning up from a group of homeless people who’ve set up camp near Georgia and Pine streets.

Homeowners say they’ve gone to the city for help, but nothing is being done.  

“The city takes it and creates a file number, and they pass it on, and nothing has happened,” said homeowner and developer John Mavris.

Mavris and other neighbors have been putting on gloves to try and clean up the mess, but they say they can't do it all themselves.

“I will be out here shooting the graffiti and cleaning the sidewalks and sanitizing for at least two days. Using my own equipment, my water, my gasoline and my time,” said Mavris.

People who live in the area say it’s been a growing issue since the City of Indianapolis cleared people out of what was once referred to as a “Tent City” earlier this year.

“Progressively it’ll get worse if something is not done about it,” said Mavris.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said a homeless supervisor is aware of the problem and they’ve given the homeless individuals in the area a letter. They say the group is being cooperative.

But residents fear that the problem will continue to get worse until the city steps in and makes them move.

If you’re having a similar problem in your neighborhood, you can call the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622.

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