23 Mar How serious is the issue of Homelessness to you?
How serious is the issue of Homelessness to you?
Based on the reports of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, an individual who earns the federal minimum wage of $7.25 has to work 103 hours every week to afford a one-bedroom home at the national average fair market rent.
Moreover, when it comes to banning camping and sleeping in public places, the report also recorded an improvement in city laws restricting sitting and lying down in public, as well as living in vehicles. Of the 187 cities studied/surveyed nationwide, 55% had a sit-lie ordinance, and half limited the latter.
In some cities of Texas, It has now become legal for homeless persons to camp on the front of one’s private property or on public rights-of-way, especially in the Capital of Texas. Police Chief Brian Manley told the Austin American-Statesman that the new policy would shift the focus of law enforcement from activities to conduct.
Whereas Las Vegas officials passed a law recently, making it illegal for the homeless to sleep on the streets when beds are available at established shelters, despite fierce protests labeling the move as a “war on the poor.”
The proponents favor this act by arguing that Banning the homeless would turn into the higher efficiency of the government. Instead of looking at it negatively, one should consider it a positive step towards the development and careful measures in favor of the poor and lower class citizens.
The Opponents critic the gestures by saying, arresting people who have no shelter to reside doesn’t help them find permanent housing, Based on the reports of the National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty report. Instead, policies criminalizing Homelessness can make it worse to afford and qualify for housing.
Also, when the case came across Supreme Court, The court said it was cruel and unusual punishment to enforce rules that stop homeless people from camping in public places when they have no place else to go.