Neighbors want homeless out of abandoned buildings in Escondido

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) --  People who live in Escondido are questioning the city’s treatment of the homeless crisis.

The Escondido Surgery Center at 2nd and Ivy Street closed several years ago, but it is now occupied by homeless people according to neighbors.

“They're setting fires in here,” said Patti Thompson, “there are drug deals, there's graffiti.”

Thompson, a realtor, is among group of neighbors who want the city to take action on the abandoned medical center and the other unoccupied buildings that may be home to transients.

The City of Escondido says the surgery center at 2nd Ivy will be demolished in the next two weeks to make way for a new development.

Officials could not provide a number of abandoned buildings lived in by homeless, but added they notify owners when trespassing occurs.

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