Excerpted from: Criminalizing Homelessness Is Not A Solution – Part I
Nashua, New Hampshire; Gainesville, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; St. Petersburg, Florida; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
What do these cities have in common?
… the practice of penalizing the homeless – or those who offer the homeless assistance – and, in essence, criminalize homelessness.
While, it’s true that many cities across the nation use legislative and punitive measures as a way of "dealing" with local homeless populations, the five cities listed above are the ones which caught my eye.
For about five years, members of the Green Valley Christian Center (GVCC) in Las Vegas, Nevada, have been handing out food to the homeless in their city. (more…)