Last week I read an article in the Toledo Journal: Tent City raises awareness of homelessness. At first, the words, "tent city" in the title made me think it was going to be just another article about some city’s local law enforcement dismantling a homeless encampment.
I’ve read so many of those types of articles that I could almost envision the story line. Homeless folks had set up an encampment. Local residents had become aware of the encampment and had complained to their local leaders. The police were sent out and upon their arrival, gave the homeless somewhere between 30 and 60 minutes to gather up whatever they could carry. After that, the tents were torn down and everything was carted off to the local landfill.
Talk about being wrong. (more…)