Monday, January 16, 2017

Rights Battles Emerge in Cities Where Homelessness Can Be a Crime

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-Summary/Reaction to the ArticleThis article describes the many tent encampments of homeless Americans that appear in cities all over the country.  There is a debate about the camps – is it a violation of rights to shut down a tent encampment or it is necessary due to community health risks, etc.?  This article states that tents are especially prevalent in western cities such as San Francisco and that in November San Francisco voted to ban tents on sidewalks and giving the city the power to remove them with 24 hours notice.  The homeless community in the US saw some support under the Obama administration and there is fear amongst homeless advocates that the Trump administration will be more authoritative.  

-US History Connection: In our study of the Great Depression, we studied Hoovervilles.  We specifically looked at the Hooverville built by the Bonus Army that was destroyed by the US military at the order of the President.  Tent encampments in US cities today could be considered the modern equivalent of Hoovervilles in the 1930s.  

-Question(s) for Discussion: How should communities address issues surrounding homelessness?  Should tent encampments be allowed?  Should they be regulated?  Should communities search for alternative solutions to the homeless problem?    

27 comments:

  1. I believe that tent encampments should be allowed; however, I also believe that they should be somewhat regulated. For example, they shouldn't be in places that delay traffic or prevent people from walking across, such as in the middle of a street or on a sidewalk. Communities should have homeless shelters so that the homeless have a place to stay for safety.

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  2. I believe that tent encampments should be allowed, however I also believe that there should be a regulated place to keep shelter for the homeless. Just like Justin Li said above, I believe that they shouldn't be on the sidewalks or on the middle of the street, but in a safe place kept alone.

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  3. Tents should not be allowed on the street as it is a violation of public property. They should be regulated closely and be given warnings. Homelessness has always been a prevalent problem in the United States and should be addressed as soon as possible through community housing.

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  4. tent encampments should be allowed , they need a place just for the homeless to stay. since they want to ban tent encampments the they should support the homeless with a place to stay

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  5. I think tent camps should be allowed, but regulated to keep composure. I think communities should make programs to help homeless people get jobs and a place to live.

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  6. Tent encampments should be allowed because without tents, homeless people will also end up migrating closer to public facilities which will make the situation worst. I believe tent encampments should be regulated and remain allowed until alternative shelters are provided for these people.We can help ourselves and the homeless people by making sure that both we and others in need are safe.

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  7. I agree with Justin Li, I believe they should be allowed but not somewhere where it would disturb others walking, like on the sidewalk. I think there should be more homeless shelters which would hopefully eliminate some of the need for tents for the homeless. Either way, the homeless are still people and deserve to have somewhere to sleep and eat.

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  8. Tent encampments should be allowed but kept closely regulated. They should be in an area that is safe for them but also have warnings issued if they violate public safety. Communities could look into building more homeless shelters as a solution to the problem of homeless people in the US.

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  9. we should keep tents because if you take the tents away it does not sole the problem of homelessness because they are still homeless with out a tent(place to live). the gov. should move the tents to a bigger location that can only be for homeless people.

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  10. Tents should be allowed because no one is doing anthing to help the homeless so taking away their shelter isn't a step in the right direction for them. Maybe if our governement stopped investing on warfare and actually help the poor this topic wouldn't be thought of. We should stand for them as they are people too, hopefully the support will lead to a positive outcome.

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  11. I think communities near the homeless should help in any way they can. I think tent camps should be allowed but should be regulated and watched over. I think communities should look for alternatives for the homeless especially now because of the recent storms and cold days that make it hard to live through.

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  12. I think communities should help the homeless, because they are people too. Their tent camps should be allowed, but maybe regulated to certain areas, so it is safer for everyone( Since some tent camps are very close to roads, it could be more dangerous). And people should always be on the look out for an alternative solution to the living situation of homeless people

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  13. Everyone deserves to be helped, and communities should work together to create certain places where homeless people can go to seek help. Whatever people can contribute to help out people in need would directly improve many lives.

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  14. I think that the communities should work together in building a home just for the homeless, I don't think it's right to just say that homelessness is a crime if they have no where to go.

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  15. I do believe that the tent encampments should be allowed. But also they should't be in a place where people walk by or cars pass by. We should have some homeless shelter's. They still deserve the right like we do they have the right to eat and sleep. As a community we should work together.

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  17. I think that they should be helped also. If they created separate space for the homeless, then they would be happy, because they now would feel safer. Also, for the people that don't like homeless people sleeping on the sidewalks, it would get them to move. I don't see that big of a problem with them sleeping on the sidewalks, but if someone did, then that would be a solution to their problem.

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  18. I disagree that the tents can be compared to Hoovervilles. The administration is partially responsible for the homelessness, however, there are many reasons for a person to be homeless. That being said, the homeless need a place to live, and a tent is an affordable way to provide shelter for these people. Creating a designated area is probably the best way to get these people off the streets, and I support homeless shelters providing meals and housing for those who cant afford them.

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    1. I agree that homelessness in the modern era is not like Hoovervilles. There is not mass economic recession like the Great Depression, so it is not entirely the fault of legislation or government. Housing all of the countries homeless in homeless shelters is not very viable, as that would be extremely costly. Designating land, however, is relatively cheap and allows the homeless more independence. Another thing communities can do to help the homeless is to reach out to them with employment opportunities. Many struggle with finding jobs, so giving them a job can help them get back on their feet quicker.

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  19. I believe that homeless men should be treated a little more fairly. I do agree with sidewalk tents being allowed but the should be regulated. They should only be allowed in specific areas and not around busy streets. In addition to allowing these but regulating them, the communities should provide help and perhaps create more shelters to help keep people off the streets decreasing the problem with street tents.

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  20. I think the community or government should create an open area for the homeless to set their tents. But I also agree that they should clear the sidewalks because the sidewalks are for people walking through.

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  21. Communities must, rather than kicking homeless people out, attempt to support them and make them not homeless. Tent encampments must be allowed as long as they do not interfere with safety, otherwise the homeless will have no shelter. They should be treated as communities, and should therefore be regulated to protect the interests and safety of others.

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  22. I believe that the homeless should be assisted more than kicked out. They have no choice in the situation they are in, so kicking them out solves nothing but a temporary solution for the city to ensure their citizens that the population of homeless is reduced.

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  23. Tent camps should be allowed in these areas.Regulations should be put in place, but not harshly regulated. Communities should be welcoming and try to help the homeless find jobs to eventually get them off the streets.

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  24. i agree that tent camps should be allowed since these people are homeless but also at the same time, some rules or regulation and guideline should be made. i also think that we should we should help the homeless instead of making their life more difficult.

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  25. Tent encampments should be allowed but at the same time regulations being made can benefit both sides. I agree with Kimberly above when she says that instead of making their lives more difficult we should help the homeless. We can help them by leading them in the right direction of where to put up their tents and where to avoid putting tent's, so they wouldn't be disturbed anymore.

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  26. They should contribute not only by donations but also by actually building something or making something for them to be useful.Tent encampments should be allowed because its the only home they have and should have that right to stay at a certain location they choose.But communities need to help to end the encampments by maybe trying to get them back on their feet and start their life all over.

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