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.
In the previous three posts, I’ve given examples of what I personally consider to be the criminalization of homelessness in our nation.
Some cities have adopted ordinances aimed specifically at the homeless; prohibiting them from performing life-sustaining activities in public without providing the homeless with reasonable alternatives. In other instances, local government have used legislative methods to prevent private individuals and charitable groups from feeding the homeless in public areas, using the threats of fines – and in some cases, even arrest. (more…)