Ariel Boone: Activist groups in the East Bay like The Village and Moms 4 Housing are doing more than building “crisis-informed housing” and promoting housing as a human right. They’re fighting for self-determination.
Jennifer Alexander: Health-care woes often lead to homelessness, but once a person is homeless, getting health care gets even harder for the most vulnerable.
Hannah Herner and Vicky Batcher: Living on the streets brings extra interactions with law enforcement, which can lead to being further displaced from society, but Tennessee’s capital is taking steps to reimagine justice.
Eve Garrow: Many emergency shelters in California are unlicensed, dangerously unregulated, and, as documented in a recent ACLU of Southern California report, filthy and abusive.
Mark Dempsey: Other jurisdictions have demonstrated housing the homeless is actually cheaper than the costs of police and emergency room time. But the Cult of Vengeance deplores anything “free”.
Valerie Vande Panne: Street papers can support everyone in a community by providing a deeper and more meaningful understanding of our shared spaces, especially in cities.
Jessica Goodheart: Youth, the elderly and whole families are tumbling into homelessness at a faster rate than they can be helped onto their feet.
Justin Chapman: The city’s strategies to address homelessness include funding and working with partners that provide basic homeless services, rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing and targeted homeless prevention.
Eve Garrow and Julia Devanthéry: The five people directly responsible for the systemic failures leading to the abusive conditions in county-funded shelters—the Orange County Board of Supervisors—have been conspicuously silent since the report’s release on March 14.
Jessica Goodheart: L.A. voters have approved nearly $5 billion to fight homelessness. Many say this can only be a down payment on a problem that is structural in nature.