Homeless encampments are congregations of homeless individuals in areas that may be secluded, have access to various resources, or provide natural shelter from the elements.
While these areas may have several benefits to homeless people, they can also be much more dangerous than somewhat controlled environments like shelters.
Drug use, increased criminal activity, and other hazards can cause these makeshift shelters to be quite dangerous for homeless individuals and nearby communities.
Patrons of businesses may feel uncomfortable or unsafe when entering or leaving premises with homeless encampments nearby, which can affect profitability.
Neighboring communities often witness an increase in crime, and exposure to homeless encampments by school-aged children in some neighborhoods can be disturbing and dangerous for them.
Homeless encampment cleanup contractors like Affinity Bio Solutions AZ are necessary to help municipalities and businesses ensure community safety and avoid possible injury to staff or volunteers without appropriate training or experience to take on such tasks.
Some potential dangers at transient camps that volunteers or workers can be exposed to include: hypodermic needles, drug paraphernalia or makeshift drug labs, blood, human waste, animal waste, sharp objects (visible or unseen), unpleasant odors, bloodborne pathogens, and chemical hazards. These are just a few examples of potential hazards at homeless camps which can be categorized further into physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic hazards, or human factors, and are explained further in our homeless encampment cleanup blog. These factors do create a liability for companies where homeless camps encroach on their property as community members, service workers, and customers are exposed to them. It is possible to be ticketed by the city/county a business is in for not addressing homeless encampment sites, but may also offer resources or help, and are generally the first step in reporting and resolving these issues.
Affinity Bio Solutions AZ is available to work with local governments and commercial clients to provide homeless encampment removal services that are effective and eliminate customer liability. With the ability to bring in heavy equipment, trained technicians with PPE, 40-yard dumpsters, and to remove and dispose of hazardous materials with our license to transport biohazardous and medical waste, we are able to safely and effectively remediate homeless encampments of any size. Our staff is able to sort through and remove general trash or potentially hazardous materials, clean and disinfect the general area, and provide odor remediation services as needed. Our certifications in crime scene cleanup, odor remediation, and OSHA safety practices make us an ideal candidate for homeless camp control. Each situation can differ in scope and severity, so we offer a no-obligation visit to the site so we may provide a free estimate and begin work on a homeless encampment safety plan specific to the site itself. Please contact Affinity Bio Solutions AZ today with any questions you may have about homeless encampment removal and cleanup.
Affinity Bio Solutions of Arizona provides professional, OSHA Approved and IICRC Trained biohazard clean up services for crime scenes, trauma scenes, and Hoarded Environment or hoarding disorder home cleanup, unattended deaths, blood and bodily fluid cleanup and odor removal and remediation services. Sometimes the crime or trauma scene could be a crime scene like a murder or a car accident with serious injury or possibly a fatality. Trauma scenes could be a suicide scene that needs to be cleaned up after the police and coroner have completed their work.
In the case of homeless encampments there is the potential for dangerous biohazards or sharp objects like needles or broken shards of glass.
Affinity Bio Solutions serves the entire state of Arizona and the Phoenix Arizona Valley including Glendale, Scottsdale, Peoria, Goodyear, Surprise, Sun City, Avondale and in the East Valley Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler and Apache Junction. So from Flagstaff to Tucson or Yuma to Payson and Prescott, allow Affinity bio solutions to be your professional bio-hazard, crime scene, trauma scene or hoarded home cleanup company in Arizona. For more information give us a call at 623-361-1556