Houston Mayor Turner Tasks City Crews With Cleaning Up Underpasses Where The Homeless Live

He says several communities are expressing their concern over the build-up of trash.

City of Houston crews have recently begun to deploy at underpasses to clean up the trash that gets left behind by the homeless.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says several communities are expressing their concern over the build-up of trash and he noted it is making some parts of the city unattractive and unhealthy.

The Department of Solid Waste Management is coordinating the initiative and the City has already identified various underpasses with significant amounts of trash and debris.

They are all over Houston, in sections of major freeways like Interstate 45 and the 610 Loop.

The Mayor is conscious this problem will not be fixed overnight and acknowledges: "we’ll have to go back on a repeated basis."

"You can’t clean it up today and it not reappear, for example, down the road. So, we are looking at trying to do it at least once every two or three days but, certainly, like once a week to go out there and clean those areas up," Turner commented during the customary press conference held after the weekly City Council meeting.

Besides cleaning up, Turner says the objective of the initiative is also to speak individually with the people who are living in the underpasses to attend their needs.

The Mayor also noted he is trying to develop a more comprehensive plan to deal with Houston's transient population.

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