Posts tagged Homelessness
Posts tagged Homelessness
Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago taking a stand on the city council’s plan to criminalize homelessness in downtown Columbia, S.C. by pushing the homeless to a shelter just barely in the city limits.
According to The State, Santiago also said his department cannot transport homeless adults to the riverfront shelter to get services nor will police tell them they would be charged with a nuisance offense should they refuse. The law, which is likely unconstitutional, aims to bus the homeless out of the downtown area to a shelter that would have infrequent transportation services and require signing in and out.
“Hawaii Flies Its Homeless Away and Other Ideas from the Fringe" | The Daily Beast
Because a one-way plane ticket is easier than addressing structural inequality and poverty, amirite?
Just in time for the holidays, the City of Ft. Lauderdale has come up with a way to help the homeless who have relatives in other parts of the country who are willing to take care of them.
Tuesday, the Ft. Lauderdale city commission approved a $25,000 program which will buy them one-way bus tickets out of town. The program won’t cost taxpayers a dime. It’s being paid for by the Florida Law Enforcement Trust Fund, which is money confiscated from criminals.
Vice Mayor Bobby DuBose was the only commissioner to vote against the program, saying he believes that there are other ways the money could be used to help the homeless. He said he was also concerned that some homeless people may take advantage of the program and use it as a cheap vacation.
So this is one way on not dealing with a problem…
I love the charge homeless people might take a cheap vacation. It’s just such a dick thing to say, particularly after you point out the money could be used in other ways to deal with homelessness. Right now, it seems the two ways communities deal with homeless are either criminalizing it via laws regarding loitering, etc. or by sweeping them from the community.
Homeless people are still people. I’ve nearly been there. We still hover close to the edge. Many of our homeless are veterans, GLBTQ youth, mentally ill, etc. - or people who’ve fallen on rough times in a terrible economy.
You don’t lose your humanity when you lose your home. How hard is that to understand?
Bootstraps, man! Just pull yourself up!
This is the most awesome and depressing thing I’ve seen in quite a while. Thanks to Josh Malina for pointing me to it. Watch the guy’s body language as he’s doing this. I say this in all sincerity: this country has to get its shit together.
I second that.