Alarming Increase of Homeless on the Streets of Puerto Vallarta

Miguel Gonzalez Guerra - Tribuna de la Bahia
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December 11, 2021

Benjamin Martinez Nunez, president of the Neighborhood Council of the Emiliano Zapata neighborhood, indicated that the problem of homeless people in the Romantic Zone and the center of the city is worrying, where there are around 50 people living on the streets, of all ages, even women.

"I have counted more than fifty homeless people. Here the problem is that they are coming to live in the river, they are making it a home, and if the authorities do not do something the situation will worsen," he pondered.

The neighborhood leader indicated that he has spoken with the needy, who confessed that life here is easy, since there are many restaurants where they go to order a taco and they always provide food, Others are given work washing cars and others open doors in convenience stores to get a few coins.

"The problem is that more are coming," he warned.

Inhabitants of this central area are already extremely concerned, as it has become commonplace to see homeless people lying on the sidewalks, drinking alcohol or taking drugs, even in streets near the boardwalk.

Dozens of them have already settled on the Island of the Cuale river and its banks, some have appropriated an empty space and others have erected tents with plastic, cardboard and fabrics, there are those who adapted caves under the hanging bridges.

"This has become a social and health problem, which grows more every day."

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This article was translated from Spanish using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

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