Gustavo Arellano: At the beginning of this year, Orange County announced the simplest of solutions to its homeless problem: It would make living along the Santa Ana riverbed illegal and let the homeless figure out where to go.
Over 600,000 people in the United States are unsheltered or unhoused. Although the number of homeless in the U.S. has grown over the past 30 years, modern day homelessness is not a new phenomenon. According to Wikipedia, in England in 1547 a bill was passed that subjected the homeless to two years servitude and branding with a "V" as the penalty for the first offense and death for the second.
Joe Weinstein: There is no sustainable solution for homelessness until the city (and state and nation and globe) insist on – and start taking specific steps toward – a sustainable population policy.
Randy Shaw: The big scam that has been played for over 35 years is the shift of a federal housing responsibility to cities. Cities that never had the resources to replace federal housing programs, and never will.
John Peeler: Rents in poor areas are, paradoxically, high, because the poor population are largely captives: they are prevented by means legal and illegal from moving out.
Charles Davis: Nearly 58,000 people are homeless in Los Angeles County, according to a 2017 count — up 20 percent from the year before.
Eve Garrow: The report puts the blame squarely on public officials who engage in a “dual narrative” about American society in which “the rich are industrious, entrepreneurial, patriotic and the drivers of economic success. The poor are wasters, losers and scammers.”
Jaime O’Neill: It feels like we’re racing toward the precipice, from the Korean peninsula to the Middle East and right on down to us people in this country who have been somewhat sheltered for so long from the worst of things human beings can do to make things miserable for one another.
Paul K. Haeder: In a time of neoliberalism, Capitalism runs roughshod over humanity for the One Percent and another Nine Percent in USA
Paul Haeder: You don’t end up rape-plowed and drug-induced and violence-taught and then seek some monk’s or nun’s sense of the world, justice, and reclamation.
Sam Davis: The obvious solution is that we must keep people on the verge from becoming homeless, because once on the streets they experience a dehumanizing and costly downward spiral.
Paul Haeder: What we have is emptiness in America – the public spaces no longer public, barricaded against the struggle that is displacement, and no place to live or stay.
Paul K. Haeder: Every single day I get the same memo – “What are we going to do with 7.1 billion people on earth, and who gets the brass ring and which ones are just too expensive for our own survival and love of the good life?”
Walter Brasch: The homeless live beneath bridges, in subway tunnels, on the streets, or if the shelters aren’t filled, in protected areas with cots for beds, and grocery carts for what few possessions they have.