Cali Carlisle admits she is a heroin addict – & # 39; but in a healthy way & # 39 ;, she insists, even if the visual evidence says so.
Her nose is the brightest red hue you can imagine. She constantly grabs her whole body. Her home is an improvised bed under Interstate 80 in Sacramento.
And Monday was her 26th birthday. Not that you would ever guess. Anyone who looks at her would think she is at least 15 years older.
Carlisle is part of the growing emergency situation of homeless people in California. The state has around 130,000 people without a roof over their heads. But she's not in the center of Los Angeles, where Skid Row is a symbol of the national crisis or San Francisco where almost one in a hundred lives on the streets.
Instead, Carlisle and her fiancé Brian Workman are in Sacramento, the state capital, where homelessness has risen by a shocking 19 percent in the last two years, putting the problem right at the door of Gavin Newsom, the state's democratic governor. , shown.
Growing problem: the homeless population of Sacramento has risen 19 percent in two years, with 5,570 people on the street. Above, a man is sleeping on the sidewalk in broad daylight
From 2018, California has the largest homeless population in the country, with 129,972 people living on the streets. The percentage has grown in Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Francisco
A recent survey found that 93 percent of the homeless in Sacramento had either grown up in the city or had lived there long before they took to the streets, according to the city's spokesperson
Sacramento, with an estimated population of 1.5 million, has a considerably smaller homeless population than Los Angeles, but the problem is growing
Last week salon owner Liz Novak brought the nation's attention to the problem when she announced with great fanfare that she was closing her shop because she could not handle the needles, human waste and the general aggravation associated with having a business in the city.
& # 39; I just want to tell you what happens when I go to work. I have to clear the poop and the puddle from my door. I have to clean up the syringes. "I have to politely ask the people I care for, I care for these homeless people, to move their tents out of my company door," she said in a video on Twitter that caught the attention of Fox News and other national media.
& # 39; I am angry about it. I would not move if this issue were not there, & Novak added.
Carlisle and Workman insist that they are not part of the problem that has excluded Novak.
& # 39; All we do is lie around, eat ice cream, have sex and use drugs & # 39 ;, Cali said. & # 39; Man, I love ice cream.
Carlisle says she needs heroin to exist. & # 39; I need it for everything – just to walk and breathe.
& # 39; I went to rehab once, she added. & # 39; In Orangeville I think … or maybe it was somewhere else. & # 39;
Then she started a long walking monologue with, among other things, ramekins and pico de gallo and set out for her own world.
Salon owner Elizabeth Novak highlighted the problem in a video uploaded last week. Upstairs is her store after it was broken in (left) and the damaged front door after it was broken in (right)
The salon was between a hairdresser and another company. Novak said she had to clean up the poop and the puddle from my door every day & # 39;
Novak said she is tired of cleaning up syringes, urine and stools every day. A number of discarded syringes on the sidewalk are shown above
Drug use is apparently rampant in the area because people are told they can get & # 39; quick solution with cheap drugs & # 39 ;, said a business owner
Carlisle grew up in Sacramento. Workman went there. Originally from San Jose, he found that the rent became too high as technology companies moved in.
& # 39; I moved to Placerville with a friend who had worked for Netflix and received money from their IPO, & # 39; he said, with the few rotten teeth left in his mouth.
& # 39; We had a fight and I moved here because it was cheaper, & # 39; Workman added, whose job was to renovate the outside spaces of houses.
& # 39; I got married in 2005 and have a few children. I was married for nine years.
& # 39; But then my father-in-law came and there was no room and I paid rent for an apartment but could not live there. & # 39;
He lost a job and says he couldn't get one because he has a hearing problem. & # 39; I needed a hearing aid that cost $ 3000, but I couldn't afford it. It's really hard to keep working if you can't hear it. So I ended up on the street.
Brian Workman, originally from San Jose, told DailyMail.com that he ended up on the street after losing his job. He now lives under Interstate 80 in Sacramento with fiancé Cali Carlisle (far left)
Carlisle (center) and Workman both insist that they are not part of the problem that Novak forced out of it. Carlisle actually says they just lie around, eat ice cream, have sex and use drugs & # 39;
The underpass has become an illegal campground for rough sleepers, forced to leave when Highway Patrol officers clean up under the highways. They tend to go back minutes after cleaning
Jeffrey Witte (photo) 42, lives with his seven-year-old dog Luis under the highway. He is seen as rousted by Highway Patrol Officer Caleb Howard
Steve Sylvester, owner of The Antique Company, across the street from the Novak hairdressing salon, said his store had two & # 39; major incidents & # 39; has seen
& # 39; It's a bit ironic, & # 39; he added. & # 39; My name is Workman – and I can't work. & # 39;
He likes to keep his 23rd Street area tidy. It has two brooms with a long handle and sweeps away regularly.
Every few days, employees of the California Department of Transportation, supported by Highway Patrol officers, clean up under the highways.
They post notifications, give a three-day notification and announce exactly when they are coming and throw away all unattended items.
Carlisle and Workman – and many others – move their possessions only from the limited protection that the highway offers them from the elements to the corner of the street, which is urban land.
They will return within a few minutes. & # 39; It's a game of cat and mouse, & # 39; Workman said. & # 39; But moving my stuff keeps me in shape. I'm really in pretty good shape. & # 39;
Highway Patrol Officer Caleb Howard, whose work consists of supporting the CalTrans clean-up team, said they rarely clutter homeless people.
& # 39; If they leave it, they don't want it & he said to DailyMail.com. & # 39; They know when we are coming. & # 39;
Jeffrey Witte, 42, who was under the highway a few blocks from Workman and Carlisle, agreed shortly after he was driven by Howard and his crew.
& # 39; It's somewhat fair, & # 39; he said. & # 39; It is somewhat reasonable. Everyone knows the limits. & # 39;
Witte lives with his seven-year-old dog Luis. & # 39; I got it in Montana, & # 39; he said.
HOMELESSNESS UP IN THE CAPITAL OF CALIFORNIA
Over the past two years, the number of homeless people in Sacramento has increased by 19 percent.
More than a tenth of that number, 688, were children and 70 percent lived without shelter.
According to the American Interagency Council on Homelessness, California has the largest homeless population in the country, with 129,972 people living on the streets from 2018.
The problem has plagued Los Angeles for a long time, so the homeless population has increased by no less than 75 percent in the last six years.
A report released in June of this year revealed that 59,000 people live on the streets in Los Angeles County – a 12 percent increase from 2018 – while the city has seen a 16 percent increase of 36,300.
For comparison: Sacramento, with an estimated population of 1.5 million, appears to have a considerably smaller homeless population, with 5,570, but the problem seems to be growing.
& # 39; I just love traveling, & # 39; said Witte, originally from Vernon, New Jersey.
& # 39; I limp freight trains. I've been all over the country. I went to high school in Virginia, lived in South Carolina, now I'm in California.
& # 39; California is different, & # 39; he said and admitted that legal marijuana is one thing that draws him to the state. & # 39; But I will continue soon. I want to go abroad. & # 39;
He is not alone. Many homeless people in Sacramento are expected to leave the city in the coming months.
& # 39; They are migratory, & # 39; told antique store owner Steve Sylvester to DailyMail.com. & # 39; When the weather gets cooler, they go to San Diego. & # 39;
Sylvester's shop is across the street from the Novak salon. He has sympathy for his co-business owner, but says he would never close just because of the homeless.
& # 39; I understand it is intimidating for her, she worked alone, & # 39; said Sylvester, a Londoner who has been running his store in Sacramento for 20 years.
But he recognizes the problem. & # 39; We have had two major incidents in the last six weeks & # 39 ;, he said.
Sylvester, from London, has been running his store (photo) in Sacramento for 20 years. He was recently dealing with a drug-addicted tramp who & # 39; 95 percent entered & came into his shop naked and damaged his property when asked to leave
A sign has been placed outside an antique shop where homeless customers in Sacramento are regularly bothered
The increasing problem is just in front of Gavin Newsom, the state's democratic governor
Some streets in the city are now covered with tents, bicycles and hand carts because they are de facto a home for the homeless people
The most important homeless camp in Sacramento is on North B Street. Pam Love (photo left) 43 and Nyelah Averi (photo in the tent) 32 share one of the dozens of tents along the street there
& # 39; We had a young man who came in naked for 95 percent – he had underpants but lower than what mattered to him. I asked him to leave and he asked why. I said that he upset my customers and that he wasn't really dressed for shopping.
& # 39; When he left, he put out his arm and wiped out a whole set of chinaware, worth $ 300- $ 400.
& # 39; He was a drug addict. He didn't know what he was doing. He was on Planet Zog. & # 39;
In the second incident, a man threw a rock through the window of Sylvester at 4 o'clock in the morning. He clambered through the broken glass, found his way to the outside space, and fell asleep. The police found him there.
& # 39; The problem has become noticeably worse over the last 18 months because Sacramento is the place where people are told that you can get a quick solution with cheap medication & # 39 ;, Sylvester said.
& # 39; Sacramento is a beautiful place, nice weather, with nice, hospitable people who give homeless people money that unfortunately goes to drugs too often. This area has around 30 restaurants, so food is always available. & # 39;
But he says there is another problem. & # 39; I know that homeless people here get bus tickets from both Davis and Reno because they are told that Sacramento will take care of them & he said.
That claim – that other cities give Sacramento a one-way ticket to get them out of the city – is a common claim in the city.
Officer Howard from the Highway Patrol told DailyMail.com that he knew people were getting tickets from Oregon.
Sacramento City Spokesman Tim Swanson said in a 2013 Sacramento Bee article that Nevada was bringing homeless people out of Las Vegas and a high-profile case in Sacramento had ended, but he didn't comment on the specific allegations.
But he said a recent survey showed that 93 percent of the homeless in Sacramento had either grown up in the city or had lived there long before they took to the streets.
& # 39; This statistic contradicts the idea that people specifically come to Sacramento for services. & # 39;
The government is now considering building a hiding place near Bob's Glass, where many homeless people are already gathering – much to the frustration of owner Robert Dutra
Police officers and employees of the transport authority remove homeless camps under the highway. Officer Howard says they rarely make a mess that homeless people want
A homeless person talks to himself while looking for the other half of his syringe in an alley behind the abandoned salon of Liz Novak
Swanson said the city has allocated $ 15.7 million this year to protect the homes with another $ 1 million for women, families, and children.
Last year, Mayor Darrell Steinberg asked each of the eight councilors to identify a possible area for a shelter within their district.
For the area where the Sylvester and Novak companies are located, that means an open field next to the long-established Bob & # 39; s Glass, an area where homeless people are already gathering.
The problem has become noticeably worse in the last 18 months because Sacramento is the place where people are told that you can get a quick solution with cheap medicines
And that is not going well.
& # 39; Given that I was barricaded in this building with my four-year-old daughter on a Sunday, no, I'm not happy with it & # 39 ;, fumed Bob & # 39; s Glass owner, Robert Dutra.
& # 39; We were detained for about an hour, & # 39; said the father of five.
& # 39; They threw their stuff on the gate and didn't want to leave. Hazel, my daughter, was very scared. & # 39;
Eventually the police came and an officer said to the homeless: There is a right way and a wrong way to do this. Get out of here now. & # 39;
& # 39; He probably shouldn't have done that, but it was effective & # 39 ;, said Dutra, 34, who had to take an employee to the hospital on another occasion after a homeless man took him out with a knife.
& # 39; There was blood everywhere, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I can't remember exactly how many stitches he needed, but it was between 10 and 20. & # 39;
Dutra is still hopeful that the shelter will not be built next to his company – the decision will be made this week.
& # 39; It is 300 meters from a school, there is a company that helps children go to college. It's just the wrong place.
& # 39; Every politician commits suicide in his career by advocating shelter here. Suppose a young girl is raped or even killed. Then it's over for them. & # 39;
Jay Schenirer, 62, is the councilor who puts himself at that risk. He is sympathetic to Dutra's position, but firmly believes that X Street and Alhambra land is the right place for the 100-bed shelter in his district.
Some residents have claimed that other cities give homeless people one-way tickets to get them out of Sacramento
Sacramento city spokesperson Tim Swanson said the city has allocated $ 15.7 million to protect homes this year with another $ 1 million for women, families, and children. A homeless person is depicted above on the sidewalk
& # 39; There are currently more than 100 homeless people camped in that area & # 39 ;, Schenirer told DailyMail.com. & # 39; They are unattended.
& # 39; It is better for us to have some control over what is happening, rather than letting them roam the streets. & # 39;
Schenirer cannot fully understand why Sacramento has suddenly been pushed to the forefront of homelessness.
& # 39; We have 5,500 homeless people throughout Sacramento County. Los Angeles alone has 50,000 on Skid Row, & he said.
& # 39; There is no silver bullet, & # 39; he added. & # 39; Everything we do must be connected to services. Simply putting a roof over someone's head is not a long-term solution. & # 39;
Both Schenirer and Swanson said that Novak did not reach the city for help with her problem about homelessness.
& # 39; I don't know her, & # 39; said Schenirer. & # 39; I'd really like to sit down and talk to her. & # 39;
In four days that DailyMail.com spent in Sacramento, no homeless person was seen on the Novak site. But the problem is clearly real.
Across the street at Pancake Circus dinner, 70-year-old waitress Terri begins – she would not give her last name or agree to be photographed – every working day at 4.15 am & # 39; clean needles and poop and wash urine & # 39 , and shooing the homeless from the house.
& # 39; They will take off their clothes. I often find them completely naked at the front, & she said. & # 39; Heroin is a huge problem, it's not just Oxycontin and other opioids, it's heroin. & # 39;
Terri says she's not trying to call the police. & # 39; I'm not going to call if they're just panhandling, but if they spit at me or throw their stools, it's different. & # 39;
A homeless woman prepares to leave the camp while police officers are nearby
A recent report found that 70 percent of the homeless who were counted in Sacramento lived without shelter
Last year, Mayor Darrell Steinberg asked each of the eight councilors to identify a possible hiding place within their district
She says she lets homeless people use the restaurant's bathroom – & # 39; everyone should have that dignity. & # 39;
& # 39; But I tell them that if you pick up what you have in your hand and put it on the walls and I have to clean it up, you won't come in again. & # 39;
Terri, who has been working at Pancake Circus since 1996, says that many homeless people have no idea what is going on, but others manipulate them. & # 39; They are the Robin Hoods of the & # 39; hood.
& # 39; I don't like to use the term homeless, because what is homeless? Is it someone who has become addicted, or is it someone who has lost his job and was subsequently unable to pay his rent? My daughter calls them & # 39; alterno-oboe & # 39; s & # 39 ;.
& # 39; When I was growing up, a wanderer was someone who was riding on the rails and knocking on your door and asking what city they were in.
& # 39; My daughter would play with her friends on the street and when one approached, they would all & # 39; call and run home, but no one would be hurt. & # 39;
Terri puts a lot of the blame on the former governor of California, Ronald Reagan, who was in office from 1967 to 1975.
& # 39; I am old enough to remember when he closed all the asylums. It was the worst thing he could have done. That caused this problem. & # 39;
While Novak has drawn attention to the problems in its area, the most important homeless camp in Sacramento is two and a half miles away on North B Street.
Pam Love (43) and Nyelah Averi (32) share one of the dozens of tents along the street there.
Averi said she used to work at the nearby Blue Diamond Amonds headquarters.
She is now embarrassed to hide from her former colleagues when they go to and from work.
A waitress at the Pancake Circus restaurant, identified only as the 70-year-old Terri, said she starts every day at 4.15 p.m. cleaning up needles and poop and washing urine & # 39; and chase the homeless from the house
She has been homeless since July last year when – she says – she took the rap for a boyfriend who, unknown to her, had stolen the car she was driving.
She served 120 days in prison. Her now ex-boyfriend had earlier convictions and would have had a much longer spell behind bars, she said.
As a condition for her release, she was not allowed to return to her home in Chico because the theft victim was a neighbor. Then she lost all her possessions in the forest fires that crossed Northern California last summer.
& # 39; I don't want to be homeless, & # 39; said Averi who said she is studying peace and global studies at the university. & # 39; I just want to get up and running again. & # 39;
Love, originally from the Compton, has a similar story. She too claims to have been blamed for a crime she did not commit, although she would not extend to what she had done.
She said she survived with payments of $ 1,000 a month, which goes on food and previous debts, meaning she can't afford the drugs for her phase 3 stomach cancer.
She said she had two sons, but one was killed and the other died in a car accident.
& # 39; I worry about things here every day, & # 39; she said, pointing out that safety is a two-way street.
& # 39; Many tents have been set on fire. But nobody has ever been arrested. & # 39;
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