Trump’s Plan to Criminalize Homelessness Is Taking Shape

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    Charles
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    The White House is taking steps toward decisive new action on homelessness, bucking policies favored by advocates in favor of an aggressive approach that centers the role of law enforcement. Some of these efforts hit roadblocks this week, but more measures are in the works—including a rumored executive order on homeless encampments.

    Advocates say that they expect an executive order on homelessness to assign new resources to police departments to remove homeless encampments and even strip housing funds from cities that choose to tolerate these encampments. It’s one of several efforts being steered by the White House’s Domestic Policy Council in concert with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    On Monday, Housing Secretary Ben Carson met with local officials in Houston, part of a push for federal action on homelessness that could soon take shape in cities across the country. The secretary visited an emergency shelter and was slated to tour a former Harris County jail facility, according to advocates familiar with his agenda. Officials at HUD have been looking at real estate in several cities since the fall, when President Donald Trump ordered a sweeping federal response to homelessness.

    Carson’s latest stop is yet another signal that the administration is keen to take a hands-on approach to people who sleep on the street. Advocates say that the government is looking closely at ways to turn former correctional facilities and federal buildings into shelters, a controversial approach backed by Robert Marbut, the newly appointed White House czar on homelessness.

    Read more:

    https://www.citylab.com/equity/2019/12/trump-policy-homeless-executive-order-city-services-shelters/603670/

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    tRump is a coward. His targets are children, disabled people, the poor and those already down like the homeless. THIS will be his legacy.

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      He is indeed. He’s a grown man who picks fights on the internet with children he disagrees with while serving as the US president.

      His policies seem almost designed to inflict hardship and pain on those less fortunate. It’s like he enjoys seeing others in misery to feel better about himself.

      I can’t fathom why he is still popular with even Republicans. People use to have some standards and sense of moral dignity.

      Hopefully it’s not too late for the American people to return to some higher levels of morality and dignity.

       

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    If your government attempts to solve every problem with more laws and harsher enforcement…you might be an authoritarian regime.

    Slavery was the legal fiction that people can be property.
    Corporatism is the legal fiction that property can be people.

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    Wow. From the article (bolding is mine):

    Housing First runs contrary to the approach favored by Marbut, the consultant who was named director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness last week. Marbut has pushed for shelters that set up barriers to treatment, namely sobriety. For example, at Haven for Hope, a shelter founded by Marbut in San Antonio, homeless people with substance-abuse problems must sleep outside in an exposed courtyard until they can pass a drug test.

    In Houston, Temenos manages so-called wet housing: The group works with city and county officials and sobering centers to identify people struggling with long-term alcoholism and addiction who are facing chronic homelessness and give them permanent support, including three meals per day and a lease.

    In September, when the White House released a report on homelessness, it signaled a change away from the Housing First direction long favored by the Interagency Council on Homelessness. Going forward, the administration appears to be leaning on a prominent role for law enforcement, with a focus on shelters that sequester homeless people away from downtown in large, centralized facilities.

    Slavery was the legal fiction that people can be property.
    Corporatism is the legal fiction that property can be people.

    "If you believe in god, I'm probably smarter than you." -- Tom Leykis

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