Trump Hasn’t Said Much About Homelessness—and That’s Making a Lot of People Nervous by Edwin Rios
President Donald Trump hasn’t said anything regarding his plans to help those suffering in the deepest level of poverty, making advocates across the country worried. Homelessness in America has been declining due to improved federal, state, and local homeless services. Advocates are worried about Trump’s statement to cut taxes and rein in government spending which would set off a homelessness crisis. Trump noted that defense and entitlement program will remain the same, but he would have a penny plan to pay for part of his proposed tax cuts. For those that have seen homelessness rise over the past years, mostly in west coast cities, the threat of further cuts is worrying. Adding to potential spending cuts, there’s the Republican promise to repeal Obamacare. Such changes would seriously risk the services that currently support people in housing and medical respite care, as well as limit the much needed expansions of these programs.
The Street-Level Solution by David Bernstein
David Bernstein talks about societies uneducated about the nature of homelessness. Many of the errors in our homelessness polices have stemmed from the thought that the homeless are a homogenous group. Once homeless people return to housing, they’re in a much better position to rebuild their lives. Many organizations have taken this approach to helping the homeless. One of the greatest realizations that Bernstein made while researching was that anybody could become homeless all it takes is a traumatic brain injury. Putting homeless in housing is only the first step, once in housing they can become isolated and lonely. Many experience a disorientation at the outset, may need support with mental health problems, addictions, illnesses, and assistance with everyday challenges. Bernstein found the best solution is to live in a communal residence with special services. This allows the tenants to participate in activities, hobbies, and interact with one another.
Denver Isn’t the Only City Seizing Homeless People’s Gear by Laura Smith
Denver mayor Micheal B. Hancock made an announcement to stop taking items that help homeless people keep warm in the winter. This came after a video was released showing officers seizing blankets in frigid weather. Maria Foscarinis director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty says this happens often throughout the US. Belongings are often confiscated under anti-camping laws or laws the prohibit sleeping in public. In Los Angles lawyers sued on behalf of four homeless people whose property was destroyed by the city. The Los Angles City Council approved a law limiting the storage of items in parks, alleys, and sidewalks to what will fit in a 60 gallon container. A study by Foscarnis shows that one third of cities prohibit camping citywide, an increase of nearly 70 percent over a decade ago. Many courts have ruled it unconstitutional.