Pleasant Grove Residents Say Dallas Threatened Fines For Trash Left By Homeless

Alan Scaia
October 10, 2019 - 12:09 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Several homeowners in ​the Pleasant Grove area of Dallas say the city has threatened them with fines because homeless people are camping in an alley behind their homes.

Four people who live on Shortal Drive say they had heard more noise behind their homes over the past month.

They say they found trash, hypodermic needles and human waste. Oscar Gonzalez says he suspected homeless people were camping there. He says he called the city.

"We called three weeks ago, and they said they were going to send someone, and it never happened," he says.

This week, though, Gonzalez says Dallas Code Compliance officers gave him and three other neighbors notices that they were required to clear the parts of the alley along their property. They say they were told they would be fined $2,000 if they did not clear the alley within a week.

"This is not a seven-day clean-up," he says. "First of all, I don't have a truck or a trailer to haul this stuff, and it's too much."​

The City of Dallas has responded, saying Code Compliance officers would not fine the residents as long as they could see evidence of progress.

The city also says its Office of Homeless Solutions would work with Code Compliance on the removal of hazardous materials.