Yet at the same time, she points to the success of the 100,000 Homes Campaign that is working in communities across the country to house the chronically homeless.
It seems like we’re seeing another wave (did it ever stop exactly?) of attempts to criminalize homelessness and punish people for being homeless. Installation of spikes to deter sleeping (did anyone else feel like they were creepily reminiscent of anti-pigeon spikes?) got a flurry of attention recently, and in at least one case in London the spikes were removed after activists poured concrete on them. (I found the park bench where you had to pay a coin to have the spikes retract to be even grosser than spikes on a ledge myself.)
Cities have been forcing people to move from makeshift encampments (“It will be the fifth time in four years the city has forced him to move, Stewart said. ‘If you had to do this one day in someone else’s shoes, you would hate it.'”). And new laws against survival behaviors like sleeping in your car (Sorry, Lou and Peter Berryman, apparently sometimes someone does deny your right to live in your car) and panhandling are on the rise, probably in response to the face that homelessness itself is on the rise (subscription link).