Anti-Homeless Tactics Around the United States

Spikes, music, jail. These are the most controversial anti-homeless tactics used around the United States.

These are not a new tactics

Over half a million people are experiencing homelessness in the U.S. according to the latest official statistics from the country. A quarter of the homeless population are children. Now, they may face jail time. While the overall number of people without housing is down across the country, some areas have declared a state of housing emergency.

These are 4 ways people experiencing homelessness in the United States are targeted in public spaces:

Hostile architecture

Spikes, impractical benches, and gates are all examples of hostile architecture that prevent people from resting. Hostile architecture is an intentional design strategy that uses elements of the built environment to guide or restrict behavior in urban space as a form of crime prevention or order maintenance.


This summer, the city of West Palm Beach, Florida played "Baby Shark" at night on a loop to keep the people from sleeping at a local park. A person affected by this spoke to Fox News. The approach has drawn criticism from some homeless people and … music was one more way the city was “running the homeless out of town.


In 2015, KPIX-TV revealed a San Francisco church was drenching people with sprinklers. The cathedral, at Geary and Gough, is the home church of the Archbishop. There are four tall side doors, with sheltered alcoves, that attract homeless people at night. The church quickly apologized and removed the system.


In 2019, Las Vegas council made sleeping outside a misdemeanor if shelter beds are available. The penalty? A $1000 fine or 6 months in jail. The ordinance, which passed 5-2 after several hours of public comment, makes it a misdemeanor to rest, sleep or “lodge” in Las Vegas' downtown district and other residential areas if shelter beds are available.


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  • Dönskie A.
    04/14/2021 10:07

    A church? Anti-homeless? That's the most horrible demo*nic thing I've ever seen! Fu*ck.

  • James M.
    03/12/2020 09:30

    The homeless must be fixed or facilitated to a camp where they can try to become useful again if they don't want to embrace becoming a part of civilization in society then let the coronavirus take them they put themselves at their own health risk

  • Albert D.
    03/11/2020 23:02

    I a New Yorker they close alot of mental faclitys and kick the sick people to the street they don't want to go to shelters there dangerous u have to sleep with your shoes on you no how much rent is in the city

  • Albert D.
    03/11/2020 22:58

    Can't have a poor homeless guy sitting do you

  • Mary R.
    03/09/2020 12:54

    Sad lots are older people I'm not for free stuff I work but life can be so cruel that not even a prayer for those down and out if your lucky and never saw poverty good for you but for those who know it the humanity must strep up and find answers jobs even if cleaning up the city I guess the only answer is one used by Germany powers that be heartless but for the grace of God there go you or me

  • Suzie P.
    03/09/2020 01:28

    Use that energy and creativity to actually HELP these people!! 😡

  • Charles L.
    03/09/2020 00:27

    That's California for you. Their nothing but bunch of dumb a_ _es

  • Irma R.
    03/07/2020 17:19

    They should provide clean and safe places for homeless people.

  • Peter M.
    03/05/2020 12:19

    How are you to throw the POOR in jail ????

  • Michael G.
    03/05/2020 00:28

    Santuary cities should give jobs and housing to our honeless citizens instead of undocumented people. Imo

  • Lawrence K.
    03/04/2020 23:48

    But for the grace of GOD

  • Fred K.
    03/03/2020 03:14

    Jeeze, would think they were trying to tell you something!

  • Thomas C.
    03/03/2020 01:02

    So why the he'll do you bleeding hearts believe the homeless have a "Right" to lay around town and block doorways, sidewalks and trains??? They should be in shelters, comfort style. And if the shelters are dangerous, remove the trouble makers. Nobody has the "Right" to lay in a public place, restricting access and enjoyment for everybody.

  • Dennis M.
    03/02/2020 23:00

    I always hated seeing these installed. People really need rest and these installations are harassment on the highest level for those of us that need the rest most. Truly sad creations. I dont mind the ones for pigeons however but for people these are cruel

  • Moore A.
    03/01/2020 22:57

    They tried legalizing sleeping on streets in San Fransico, California, now the place is a dump. While it is good to be an empathetic person people pay taxes to live in a clean and safe neighborhood and our local laws should reflect that using our head not our emotions to figure out solutions.

  • Thomas H.
    03/01/2020 19:54

    Government at it best can’t take care of the homeless problem, and wants control of every aspect of the tax paying public! 🇺🇸⚓️

  • Sara J.
    03/01/2020 19:41

    Why don't we start issuing fines to the banks for every bank owned home that isn't sold within 6 months? This could either cover the costs of new low income housing/shelters OR force prices to be more fair.

  • Michael B.
    03/01/2020 12:42

    See lots of spikes like that in Asia and Africa too.

  • Bryant L.
    03/01/2020 03:08

    A little goes a long way. Cities look like dumps now a days. Have locations to pick up trash bags that are colored. When they fill it give them a place to stay. It’s simple work! Even if they pull out of trash cans it saves someone else the work and shows intent. Give people an opportunity to do the right thing!

  • Jim M.
    02/29/2020 14:32

    Since Las Vegas has so many extra cells and enough money to feed these people for 6 months at a time, they could simply open their doors and let the homeless have a bed and a meal every night.

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