A growing number of cities across the country are making it "illegal to be homeless," according to a new report.
Despite a lack of affordable housing and emergency shelter, many of these communities are implementing laws that ban homeless residents from sitting or lying down in public, loitering, sleeping in vehicles, and begging for money or food.
"More cities are choosing to turn the necessary conduct of homeless people into criminal activity," said Maria Foscarinis, executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP).
The law center has tracked homelessness criminalization laws in 187 cities small and large since 2011.
During that time, city-wide bans on camping in public -- which can include sleeping outside on the streets or in a tent -- have increased 60%.
The number of cities with laws prohibiting or restricting people from sitting or lying down in public has jumped by 43%, and bans on sleeping in vehicles have surged 119%. Meanwhile, laws prohibiting people from begging in public and loitering have climbed more than 20%.
They can house illegals but not homeless. Given some homeless have problems the cities passing stupid laws that leaves then nowhere to go. That is not helping at all. Jobs will cure so much of what cities are trying to handle. People take pride in work without it you have aimless wonders and that is a problem. Jobs is at least a start.
Obama's puppet masters (neo-cons, banking cabal) are pushing this agenda to arrest the homeless. Soon they will try and convince us to kill the homeless, then they will break our economy causing millions to become homeless so they can have the authority and support to kill even more people. So building bigger jails is not a problem for this socialist agenda.
They already relish the murder of babies so killing the homeless is not a stretch. We need to turn the tables.
If cities want to make homelessness illegal, then they better get their local "Habitat for Humanity" groups really busy, building "homes for the homeless"!
That's only because the conditions in America have gotten so bad under the OTyrant administration they don't want the evidence of their failures out where everyone can see them. They should also check to see if the number of homeless individuals and families has increased since he started destroying the country?
after leaving sf, friends told me they surrounded the tenderloin with police and disallowed entry into/ out off while they gathered the homeless into buses - nobody knew at the time where they were all taken; they just left. Which some may see as good; but, SF had always been lenient regarding; and frankly, it was the gangs not the homeless who would hurt you. When you started seeing these stories a few years back - it did coincide with when veterans were showing up in larger nos. - and to areas like No. Cal. (weather makes it easier to be homeless) and AZ and GA. Turns out the initial homeless from SF went to Exit 50 in NV, now hear they are giving them bus rides to OR and other places. What is shocking is nobody said anything; barely could read it in the news at onset. Sad that a society is so unaffected by disappearances like this. ...our monies for society is being rearranged 1) there so tech companies could take over/redevelop the neighborhoods 2) taken from the neediest to redistribute to illegal immigrants - so many of those homeless were vets and with no medical care (psychological especially, most had all their limbs still) afforded to these men/women, they have no place to go/don't fit into "society" any longer , so they're just removed? Before a place called Agnew State Hospital was taken over by a high-tech company in SJ, it was a campus to house and care for adults who had been born with severe mental retardation: and the residents were dependent. I volunteered in the physically abusive ward - those that were head bangers and/or other issues - we had painting classes and played music and they danced and would learn how to ride bikes (tandem) and we'd all climb trees, and all sorts of other fun stuff - but they didn't have a big voting block and therefore, the state didn't need to fund them either and other lobbying groups wanted that money - s o they shut down the campus and put many of these people into prisons and psyche wards - none of them were criminal nor had psyche issues - instead Downs Syndrome an other afflictions. I cried for weeks - these poor citizens; they must have been terrified, and at least, there they had each other; I believe some were functional enough to go into group homes - but most were not - and they got shipped off to a cell somewhere into an existing population who would not be helpful to them; but could actually do them harm. None of my loonies - I know that sounds politically incorrect now; but back then, they were happy and laughed, "I'm a Looney." (that was what they identified/called themselves proudly as their own little group) we screen-printed tee-shirts one day for them to all have that said that on the shirts; they were proud when we'd go on outings wearing their hand-made shirts. Things were different; not so up-tight - we were able to have fun and they were happy for the most part.
This is the problem with all the re-juggling of welfare monies/"those" who for their own purposes are demanding they get theirs for their own group - they don't seem to care who they took that money from. Before these new groups weren't taking from our taxes so there actually was enough money to take care of those who truly needed the help. When the others came into to "get theirs" they took it from those who needed it the most.
Very sad, Katherine. I think, in America, there are very deep-pocketed individuals who would-have gone out of [their] way to help and support, "The Loonies." I suppose it's a little late for suggestions about that particular group, but there are billion$ of dollar$ in America, just waiting for a cause such as your "group," that could be saved from such tragedy. The whole scenario of poor, helpless individuals being thrown-away into prisons is heart-wrenching.
The 'Law' is based in REASON, LOGIC and COMMON SENSE. Outlawing something, like HOMELESSNESS, without providing a viable alternative defies all three.
Progressives are currently making and breaking our laws, Randal, and [they] REALLY don't care!!! Progressives are now going on the Saul Alinsky warning; once the deception of liberal-ism/communism is discovered in a free-market, Constitutional Republic, all the stops must be forgotten or the movement will be crushed!!!