Crime has always been rampant in the “projects” but has now started to spread out following the new array of section 8 rentals that have become available throughout Ozark. Maybe it’s me, but it sure seems like there are more welfare and SSDI recipients in the city of Ozark, than there are regular working people. Have you ever driven through downtown Ozark at 1030 am on a weekday? Take an hour from work and drive through town.. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll see.
Our schools are in a state of disgrace and are full of gangs, thugs and drugs. Carroll High and DA Smith are zoos, full of feral (free lunch program) children. Working parents that can afford it, either move to a better school district (Skipperville, or Rehobeth), pay for private education, or homeschool their children in order to keep them out of that toxic environment. Those that cannot afford it, pray every day for the safety of their children
Ozark’s tax base is either moving or dying out. Can you remember the last time you saw a working family with children move into your neighborhood? I can’t… Or, have you (like me) experienced the influx of section 8 neighbors? Not sure? On my street, they are pretty easy to spot. Lookout for the following: high volume of traffic or people loitering out in front of a house, excessively loud and obscene rap music (day or night), unsupervised semi clothed children playing (or riding big wheels) next to a major thoroughfare (day or night), yelling, cussing, screaming. When my new (section 8) neighbors (a convicted felon, his girlfriend their son, her four other children (from different fathers) moved in to the house across the street. They shared that they were really excited about having the opportunity to get their family out of the housing projects and away from the drugs, thugs and violence and move to a nice quiet neighborhood. Well, so much for that… Within a few months their old life (thugs, drugs, crime) followed them right into my neighborhood. All of a sudden, the houses on my street were being broken into; drugs were being openly used (and probably sold) in front of the section 8 rental, Ozark PD blue lights became regular staple as well as the occasional criminal trespassers on our property.
The city government is convinced that the solution to all of our problems lies in the building of a new high school… A new building will do little to attract new working families to Ozark until the city of Ozark addresses and terminates its dependency on Welfare recipients, Section 8 rentals and their pseudo economy.