Governments Criminalize Taking Care of the Homeless, Break Up Their Camps, and Steal Their Stuff
Without government, who would take care of the homeless? Well, the same people taking care of the homeless right now probably would. But there’s an impediment that is preventing them from helping. That impediment is the wonder that is government, which has decided that homeless people are a health risk, and in the same way that parks encourage you not to feed the animals, many cities are passing laws making it illegal to feed the homeless.
And don’t try to shelter the homeless. They’ll get you on that as well.
Of course, this means the wonder that is government is taking care of the homeless, right? Well, not so fast. These governments are not only not taking care of the homeless, they’re not only making it illegal for non-gov folks to take care of the homeless, they’re also aggressively going after the homeless.
They’re shutting down homeless camps, clearing them out ahead of major events, and even, in some cases, actually stealing from them.
Here are highlights of how government has been dealing with the homeless just in the past week.
Our first story comes from RT. It’s about the Royal Wedding and what must be done to assure that the Royal Wedding comes off without a hitch, sans the homeless cluttering up the fairytale view.
Clear Out the Homeless Before the Royal Wedding
Windsor council leader Simon Dudley has called on police to clear the streets of rough sleepers and beggars ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May. His comments were branded “disgusting.”
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead councillor wrote to Thames Valley police on January 2. The letter called on authorities to enforce legislation stipulating that rough sleepers be removed from the area ahead of the royal wedding.
He called homelessness an “epidemic” in a recent tweet.
In the letter addressed to the police and crime commissioner for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfield, the councillor outlines all the services offered to vulnerable residents in the town. They include a round-the-year emergency night shelter, a drug and alcohol abuse service, as well as mental health support.
The Conservative council leader issued the warning as tens of thousands of royalits are expected to flock to Windsor to see Prince Harry marry American TV reality star Meghan Markle.
They are due to tie the knot on May 19 in St George’s chapel at Windsor Castle, the Queen’s main weekend residence, which dates back to the 11th century.
“Homelessness is completely unacceptable in a compassionate community such as ours,” the councilor wrote, which was also sent to Prime Minister Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
But he adds that a “large number of adults that are begging in Windsor are not in fact homeless, and if they are homeless they are choosing to reject all support services …
“In the case of homelessness amongst this group, it is therefore a voluntary choice.”
Up next, a man decides to open his home up to the homeless during the deep freeze we’re going to. But, the city of Chicago says, don’t shelter the homeless in your home, let them freeze.
A suburban Chicago man has been told to stop the “slumber parties” he hosts in a basement for freezing homeless people — or the home will be condemned.
“I would stay up all night with them and give them coffee and stuff and feed them,” Greg Schiller, of Elgin, told NBC Chicago of the events in his girlfriend’s basement.
Schiller said his reading of city code allows for “slumber parties,” but city officials claim that code applies to children’s parties, not adults.
According to the city, the “parties” Schiller hosts a few times a week actually make the home a “rooming house,” which is prohibited by city code, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Schiller has been cited twice in two years for trying to provide a refuge for the homeless.
On Tuesday, city officials entered the basement and said they found the ceiling height too low and windows placed too high up and too small.
“They shut me down and said I have 24 hours to return my basement to storage and take down — I have several cots with sleeping bags for everybody — or they’ll condemn the house,” Schiller said.
Let’s stay right in Chicago. Even as they’re ordering people not to take care of the homeless, apparently city workers are actually stealing from the homeless.
From WGN TV 9
The City of Chicago is being accused of making a heartless attack on the homeless after a video showed crews clearing out a homeless camp along the Kennedy Expressway in the Avondale neighborhood.
Jeffrey, a homeless Chicagoan, doesn’t have much, but the little that he and several other homeless men did have in the Belmont and Kedzie underpass was hauled off as trash by city cleanup crews Wednesday afternoon.
A passersby saw what was happening and shot video.
“And so I parked my car and I went running over and I said, ‘Who are you and why are you doing this? I can’t believe any of the aldermen would do this,’” Gretchen Moore said.
The area’s alderman, Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, 35th Ward, said he had no idea about what was happening.
“Ultimately, this shows that we as a city need to come together to provide housing, to make sure we’re taking care of all Chicagoans, particularly the most vulnerable during the winter,” he said.
A nearby parish priest, who regularly helps the homeless, said in these icy conditions, he can’t believe the cruelty.
The city of Sacramento, using the ‘for the health and safety of the people’ excuse, intimidated a homeless camp until it eventually descended upon the camp, busting up the shelters and sending the homeless scattering.
From KCRA 3
KCRA 3 reported Tuesday on a homeless camp growing near Sacramento’s largest drinking water intake facility. Then Wednesday afternoon, police and work crews were at the park, cleaning the area and breaking up the homeless encampment.
The water facility provides hundreds of thousands of people with water, and the park is a favorite spot for visitors.
When the facility first opened in 2004, the landmark included a water feature that children would play in and gather around. It was touted as a piece of art by the Los Angeles Times.
But the accumulation of fecal matter and urine stained concrete could qualify the plaza as a bio-hazard.
“It’s just tragic,” a Sacramento bicyclist said. “I’ve seen a big change and I want the mayor to understand and I want to plead with him right now and the city council, they have got to figure out a better way.”
In Phoenix, the city worked hard to put the fear of the government in the homeless at Roosevelt Row Homeless camp. The intimidation worked. The camp cleared out just in time to avoid a round of swinging government clubs.
In between new high-rise towers filled with high-priced apartments and condos in downtown Phoenix sits a residential enclave of another sort: a camp set up by at least a dozen people in a triangle-shaped median.
The group has grown steadily over the past weeks at the concrete patch near Third and Roosevelt streets with sculptures that provide shade. It has filled with shopping carts and wheelchairs stacked with blankets, sleeping bags and backpacks.
On Tuesday, the city seemed flummoxed about how to respond to the problem, offering uncertain answers about whether the camp violated the law before deciding at day’s end that it was “illegal.”
Earlier in the day, police showed up to talk to those camping out in the parcel. But an officer on scene said there was no apparent violation of city ordinance, so police could not roust them.
But by about 5 p.m. Tuesday, the city had apparently decided the area was governed by an ordinance against urban camping. In a statement, the city called the gathering an “illegal homeless encampment” that threatened the public health and safety.
All along the West Coast, self-righteous social justice liberals are busy passing city laws preventing people from feeding the homeless. The aim is to not encourage more homeless people to show up.
From ABC News
In California, the San Diego County community of El Cajon passed a measure that curtails feeding the homeless, citing health concerns. In Los Angeles, city officials have closed and re-opened restrooms for those on Skid Row amid similar controversies.
The issue is hotly debated across Orange County, a cluster of suburbs and small cities known more for surf culture and Disneyland than its legions of poor.
In the tony seaside enclave of Dana Point, neighbors fear a nightly meal is drawing homeless to a popular state beach where teens play beach volleyball and families picnic and surf/
On the dusty riverbed 30 miles (48 kilometers) north, a van furnished with shower stalls parks alongside the homeless encampment; those living in the string of tattered tents add their names to a list of dozens waiting to bathe. While the mobile unit aims to help those living on the trash-strewn strip, neighbors worry the 2-mile-long (3-kilometer-long) encampment is becoming more entrenched in an area where they once jogged and biked”
“If the ultimate goal is to get them under a roof, why on Earth are you giving all the advantages you would have under a roof on the riverbed?” asked Shaun Dove, a 46-year-old soon-to-be retired policeman from Anaheim, who lives less than a mile from the riverbed in a palm-tree lined neighborhood of three-bedroom homes.
“There’s no doubt that giving them stuff there prevents them from a desire to move.”
Finally, Houston officials get court approval to shut down a homeless tent city. This order was approved, and efforts began to follow the order, while Houston was experiencing below freezing temperatures.
From ABC 13
A federal judge has cleared the way for Houston city officials to enforce an ordinance that prohibits homeless people from setting up tents and temporary living quarters in public places.
U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt, who had blocked enforcement of the law while a civil lawsuit is pending in his court, lifted his temporary restraining order Thursday and denied a request for a preliminary injunction.
“While this court is indeed sympathetic to the impact that enforcement of the encampment ordinance on unsheltered homeless individuals poses, the court recognizes the city’s police powers to enact and enforce reasonable legislation that promotes the health, safety and general welfare of all Houston residents,” Hoyt wrote.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, on behalf of four homeless people, is suing the city, contending the ordinance violates the constitutional protections of homeless people and makes homelessness a crime.
Hoyt disagreed with the argument about enforcement making homelessness a crime, saying the ordinance “prohibits obstructions that hinder the city from preserving public property for its intended purpose.”
City officials argue the tent cities and encampments, primarily under freeway overpasses, are hazardous to public health and safety.
The moral of the story is this; without government, who would prevent volunteers from taking care of the homeless so that city workers can steal from them and city leaders can proudly proclaim that their streets were not filled with homeless people?