My neighborhood has a lot of homeless people and is not the best looking area in town. The area itself has burned down houses which are fenced off. There are people who live in their cars and sleep in them on the side of the road until the police shoo them away. Many of these people are friendly and mean no harm to anyone but have fallen to unfortunate circumstances, most likely involving drug use.

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About the Problem

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How did you identify this problem?

Living in the area it is apparent, especially when compared to the area around the corner with expensive homes. When I drove with my boss laptop and we passed by my house, he said he didn’t want to walk because there may be people with not the best intentions (we went to pick up a laptop and other equipment).

Problem Details

Who are those affected by this problem?

The people who are homeless, without resources, food, shelter, guarantee of safety, and who may have to resort to violence or drugs.

How often does this problem occur?

Everyday, everywhere

How long has the problem been going on?

Multiple years

Is the problem disrupting the community? How?

These people are part of our community, but they are cast aside and ignored. Homeless people are put in unimaginable situations where meals and shelter are not guaranteed.

Is the issue perceived as a problem by the community at large?

I think most people recognize that these people are victims of unfortunate circumstances.

Is the problem limited to certain geographic areas?

Specifically near the DMV here in Modesto, but especially in poorer neighborhoods

Who are the Stakeholders, those wanting this problem to be fixed?

When a homeless person is in front of someone’s house, they don’t want that person there. They don’t care where they go, as long as the homeless person is out of their sight and not disrupting their life.

Addressing the Problem

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What are the obstacles you are aware of to address the problem?


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