Homeowners Blame Homeless Population for Garbage Pile Up

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Trash keeps piling up in South Fayetteville and property owners say the area’s homeless population is to blame. 

“We used to have the prettiest yard, no trash. And now it looks like a junk pile,” said Angel Rankin who lives near the 7 Hills Homeless Center.

For almost 4 decades, Rankin’s family has called South Fayetteville home. 

Rankin said ever since 7 Hills opened it’s doors right down the road, her land and the area surrounding it now looks more like a landfill.

“They came here to help people, and everybody’s making it worse by trashing it,” said Rankin. “You don’t want to come out here and spend time because of all the trash and dump that’s there.”

7 Hills Director Solomon Burchfield understand the garbage has become an eye sore.

“We want to be a good neighbor. and having a lot of trash out.. no one wants that next door,” said Burchfield.

Burchfield said their hands are tied. The on-site dumpster is the only place the homeless population can legally throw away their trash. 

The University of Arkansas owns the property right across from the homeless center and next to the Rankin’s.

Burchfield said they’re working with the U of A to try to figure out a solution.

“We’ve started discussions to figure out how we could we partner and collaborate to help the guys take care of their campsites,” said Burchfield.

 “Come up here, and discuss it with us. We’ll help you. We’ll work with you, I may even go over there and help clean,” said Rankin.

If the frustration continues to pile up, Rankin is ready to put up a for sale sign.

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