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ORANGEVALE--

It takes a community to create a quality neighborhood, but it seems it takes just a few people to cause a stink.

"That's scary, it's unsanitary," said Elizabeth Wilson.

In this case, some Orangevale neighbors are grossed out about what they found tucked away inside a strip mall on Greenback Lane.

"We have some human excrement here," said Melissa Burns.

A few piles of it was found in and around what has apparently become a makeshift bathroom. The feces is new, but the issue is ongoing, says Burns.

"It impacts my life on a day-to-day basis," Burns said.

She's worried about homelessness in Orangevale, and the things the homeless are leaving behind — things like spoons, syringes and alcohol bottles.

Burns says this particular area near Hazel Avenue attracts transients because of the vacant storefronts and empty lots.

FOX40 learned a new lease has been signed and new businesses are moving into that location. Burns is hopeful but still worries problems will persist in the unincorporated area which lacks its own police force.

"Given the fact that we're on a border community in Sacramento, we're kind of falling through the cracks," said Burns.

The county insists it's putting resources towards the issue. Funding for homeless services in the county increased to over $32 million this year, according to Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan.

In a statement, her spokesperson tells FOX40:

"We are collaborating with the Sheriff's Department to locate a service center in Orangevale - hopefully at this very shopping center - in an effort to improve access and service for the Orangevale community."

Supervisor MacGlashan also says residents are urged to contact her office or the Sheriff's Department whenever they see issues.