A homeless encampment can be thought of as a collection of makeshift dwellings or shelters where homeless individuals congregate. This can lead to decreased business traffic as crime tends to increase, or other factors cause customers or community members to feel unsafe. Another issue is restricted access to businesses or staff beginning to feel unsafe. As most homeless encampments tend to pop up in areas of opportunity that appear to provide some shelter for homeless people, it can be difficult for businesses and communities to be proactive and prevent their occurrence.
Since it is difficult for businesses to prevent homeless encampments, many need to find the fastest and safest way of removing them to avoid negative consequences like fines or a decrease in traffic. The most efficient way of doing this is to hire an experienced homeless encampment cleanup contractor, such as Affinity Bio Solutions AZ. The homeless encampment cleanup contractor’s ability to bring in heavy machinery, roll off dumpsters experienced and certified biohazard technicians, and necessary equipment/chemicals can be a great help.
The homeless encampment cleanup contractor can reduce liabilities associated with using one’s own staff and ensure proper cleanup. A company like Affinity Bio Solutions with a medical waste transporters license can provide customers confidence in knowing that any sharps or biohazardous waste is properly disposed of. Being qualified and experienced in crime scene cleanup also means that staff are properly trained and have adequate personal protective equipment available to them.
Arizona homeless encampment cleanup can become quite challenging when homeless people gain access to unused buildings to shelter from the heat. Once the interior of a building starts to be affected, the situation advances to an abandoned building cleanup. There are many similarities here with homeless encampment cleanup, but the level of service may increase as well as the types of work to be performed.
An example here could be a recent abandoned building cleanup Affinity Bio Solutions completed in Surprise Arizona for the owner of an unused commercial space. The owner wished to sell the property, but since several months had gone by with people squatting in the building unnoticed, the resale value of the property was greatly affected. There was drug paraphernalia and sharps present among an excess of trash, human waste was present, and some areas of the roof were damaged, causing the building to be affected by pigeons as well.
The abandoned building cleanup required additional equipment to what would typically be used on a homeless encampment cleanup. The reason for this is with it being in an enclosed area, once the debris and sharps were removed, some attention was needed to remove excessive odor, and to decontaminate other areas such as bathrooms and office space. With sharps and drug paraphernalia present, it was also necessary to bring in products that would ensure the safety of any potential buyers and realtor staff. Once completed the commercial space was once again inhabitable, safe, and was resold rather quickly without the owner having to reduce the sale price.
Homeless encampments can lead to a decrease in business and the potential for fines from local municipalities if they are located on the business’s property. The living conditions on a homeless encampment can lead to an increase in communicable diseases/infections of various types. The need for sharps disposal services when cleaning a homeless encampment is usually necessary and is best to be carried out by a company with a medical waste transport license. The liabilities associated with homeless encampment cleanup and abandoned building cleanup are often high, so using a company with experienced trauma cleanup technicians is often beneficial. Abandoned building cleanup has some of the same potential hazards as a homeless encampment cleanup and should be carried out by a company such as Affinity Bio Solutions that is also proficient in decontaminating the premises.
For more information on abandoned building cleanup look to our homeless encampment, abandoned building and foreclosure cleanup blog page.
We have encountered and been contracted to clean up Homeless Encampments in Phoenix, Arizona in abandoned buildings, vacant lots, parks, commercial property, foreclosed homes and property in the Phoenix Arizona Valley and Maricopa County.
Affinity Bio Solutions of Arizona is an IICRC Certified Biohazard Cleanup Company and also a Veteran Owned business serving all of Arizona including Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, Sun City, Wickenburg, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Avondale, Buckeye, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Cave Creek, Gilbert, Chandler Queen Creek, San Tan Valley and Apache Junction. We also service other parts of Arizona including Northern Arizona and Flagstaff, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Sedona, Winslow, Page and Southern Arizona and Tucson, Bisbee and out west in Lake Havasu and Yuma, AZ.