“My heart bleeds for the homeless,” said Lisa Monterrosa. “There’s a place for less fortunate people, and it’s not the woods of Colwick.”
If a law criminalizes sleeping outside when shelter space is otherwise unavailable, then in the eyes of the DOJ that law violates the Constitution.
To end homelessness, we must link people experiencing un-sheltered homelessness, including people living in encampments, with permanent housing.
He was born in Lakewood and grew up there. He lost his house in the recession and now this was the only place in town he could afford.
The proposed legislation has sparked debate in cities across the state about homelessness, the reasons for why people become homeless, and the rights of the homeless vs. the housed population.
The US has millions of ill-housed people for one reason: unlike other western nations, we do not provide government assistance to the vast majority who cannot afford to pay private market rent.
On December 24th in “Christmas With My Homeless Aunt,” Janet Mackenzie Smith, writes about her father’s struggle to help her homeless aunt who was also a substance abuser.