Homeless Strategy

The politicians where I live attempt to deal with the problem of homelessness by effectively making it illegal. They make it illegal to sleep, urinate or defecate outdoors. Washrooms in the city are for customers only. Police confiscate the tents and sleeping bags of the homeless. The government refuses assistance for housing unless the recipient already has housing. Politicians will admit they do this not out of economy, but because they and their constituents, want to punish the homeless on ideological principles. The Supreme Court should step in here. Surely there should be a general principle that it must be possible for someone to comply with the law before someone can be convicted of breaking it.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)