Casper, Wyoming Faces Unprecedented Homelessness Crisis: Mayor

According to the mayor, a Wyoming town has been overrun by an unprecedented homeless population, who destroyed a vacant motel and left hundreds of pounds of feces in the area.

Mayor Bruce Knell detailed the destructive behavior of about 200 homeless people in Casper, Wyoming. that wreaked havoc on streets and parks, and a closed motel where squatters caused millions of dollars in damage.

“They destroyed everything,” he said said Cowboy State Daily. “It’s terrible.”

Homeless people squatting at the Econo Lodge motel reportedly caused more damage than the flooding that initially paralyzed business. The property was condemned by the city and boarded up by the bank that owns the foreclosed business.

“It was livable and unsafe,” Knell told Cowboy State Daily.

Other homeless people are occupying other abandoned lots in Casper that have no water or electricity.


Damage to the motel was estimated at several millions.
Damage to the motel was estimated at several millions.
Bruce Knell

“It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen,” Knell said. “There’s a third world country thing happening in Casper, Wyoming.”

“We know very well that litigation or arrests won’t solve the problem, but our police need a few teeth to deal with squatting,” he also told the news agency.

“They just cause so many problems.”

Meanwhile, city workers had to pick up about 500 pounds of human feces in downtown Casper, where many homeless people are loitering, the news outlet reported.


The Econo Lodge Motel was previously closed due to flood damage.
The Econo Lodge Motel was previously closed due to flood damage.
Bruce Knell

Some set up camp in local parks and bike paths, while others sleep in their cars.

Some of the crime in the city, Wyoming’s second largest city, can be traced to homeless people, Knell said.

“In desperate times people do desperate things and unfortunately we’re the ones who have to deal with it,” he said.


In addition to the motel, squats also broke out in other parts of the city.
In addition to the motel, squats also broke out in other parts of the city.
Bruce Knell

Some people who live on the streets come to Casper to find a homeless shelter in town, but if they’re kicked out or denied entry, they never leave, Knell noted.

“There’s a certain segment of the homeless population, whether it’s substance abuse or mental illness, that takes them where they don’t want to conform to society’s rules,” Knell told Cowboy State Daily.

“If they do that, they’re not allowed into the shelter, which means they’re just wandering around our community and causing a stir.”

Casper is just one of numerous cities grappling with a heartbreaking homelessness problem, including the Big Apple, where more than 4,000 people were homeless in a citywide census in January.


The horrible conditions were described by the Cowboy State Daily.
The horrible conditions were described by the Cowboy State Daily.
Bruce Knell

The number is up almost 18% from 2022.

The number of emergency shelters in New York City surpassed 100,000 earlier this year as the city continues to grapple with a flood of arriving migrants.

JACLYN DIAZ

JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing diza@ustimetoday.com.

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