Elderly couple deal with homeless camp in backyard

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For the past year and a half, Janice and Harry Wascher have been dealing with an unusual problem and that was a homeless camp set up in their backyard.

"Anybody that was homeless thought they could come through the property. They were living down the alley," Janice said.

Their backyard lacked a fence so homeless were coming and going.

The couple said that they would even set up camp in their backyard and leave behind a big mess. One person even broke into their shed to sleep.  

"At one point, my backyard was full of junk and the alley was full of junk but there was a lot of stuff that got put in the yard," Janice said.

Phoenix police routinely removed the homeless from the backyard, sometimes up to six times a day.  

Finally, one officer decided something needed to be done. The officer reached out to local organizations including "19 North" to help find funding to build a fence.  

Well, they managed to get everything donated and over a single day, they built the fence.  

The police also helped to clear out all the junk from the alley.  

Since the fence went up, the couple says they haven't had a problem.

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