National News Outlets Bring Attention to “Criminalization of Homelessness”
“The battle to end homelessness can only be won when more permanent affordable housing linked with intensive services is created to house those living on our streets. Then people experiencing homelessness, service providers, politicians, and community members can all say, ‘Mission Accomplished,’” writes John Joel Roberts, CEO of PATH.
Roberts blogged an article, “The War on Poverty’s New Tactic: Outlaw Homelessness” on June 13, 2012. Recent ordinances in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Denver outlaw homelessness and in some cases force the homeless to move to new neighborhoods. And these measures do not provide long-term solutions or examine what is actually causing people to become homeless.
Given the recent recession and the country’s slow recovery, writes Roberts,
“You would think the large number of citizens on the brink of extreme poverty would create compassion for people living on the streets. But, instead, city leaders are feeling more pressure to enact anti-camping and anti-feeding ordinances to force homelessness out of their communities.”