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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.

Music

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.

Sprinklers

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.

Prison

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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12/07/2019 12:57 PM
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79 comments

  • Rob H.
    2 days

    The price of putting an individual in jail six months is between 15-30k loosely. What if half that money went towards the betterment of the people going through these things? Investing in the citizens instead of spending tons of money to shoo the issue away from your line of sight?

  • Eric J.
    3 days

    All the money spent on preventing homeless from resting places could have been better used to make shelters or fund programs to help the homeless. I find the amount of homeless around places to be as annoying as anyone else, but why not help them instead?

  • Steve J.
    4 days

    Maybe, just maybe, these people are tired of the homeless crapping and urinating all over while they use drugs and scatter their trash all over the place while they scare off good people wanting to shop or go to church etc. Just maybe that’s why...

  • Brian J.
    4 days

    $1,000 fine or 6 months in jail. Well in jail you’ll get 3 meals. A bed to sleep in. A shower. A roof to keep the weather off of you. Seems like a no brainer to me.

  • Cole P.
    4 days

    Work ethic has a ton to do with the homeless crisis anywhere. I understand SOME have health issues but the majority are lazy drug addicts or felons who can’t find a job due to their record. Mainstream media likes playing the victim card but little do people realize, depending on the charge, you could turn your life around. I’ve witnessed it first hand in my community.

  • Logan W.
    5 days

    Get arrested for being homeless and they give you a place to live for 6 months with 3 hot meals a day?

  • Jusin L.
    5 days

    Democrats at work please people wake up

  • Mike C.
    5 days

    Sounds like a USFS fire assignment!

  • Charlie M.
    5 days

    We need this in my town

  • Mike T.
    6 days

    I fully agree this is bad but why is the cologne 80 year old bachelors wear making the more you know videos

  • George H.
    6 days

    Cities, businesses, and private individuals don't owe homeless people anything. They offer no value, so why should they get any value in return?

  • Jimmy D.
    01/17/2020 21:03

    This is obviously what our dear leaders want, the problem has just been getting worse as they throw billions at it. But keep voting for these criminals people, their riches and your poverty depends on it.

  • Philippe P.
    01/17/2020 17:55

    becoming homeless doesn't happen over night

  • Nathaniel M.
    01/17/2020 16:25

    So...what the system is saying is if you're homeless it's almost beneficial to go to jail for food and warmth and a bed to sleep on. There are billions of dollars sitting in banks to end homelessness and be a better species to the planet, but noooooo. If I end up without a job I'm gonna go to one of these cities and go to jail for being homeless. "What are you in for?" "Being homeless." See how absurd that is? Someone came up with the idea to criminalize homelessness and it boggles my mind.

  • Patty G.
    01/15/2020 22:22

    Take money away from prisons quit treating them with cable TV , computers, luxury so they aren't having comfortable living. Prison should be just what meant to be Punishment. Hello! Plus Congress getting paid out the boohoo for what they're not doing. More money wasted on these types of things.

  • Karen D.
    01/15/2020 10:49

    $600 fine?!? Seriously?!? If the homeless had $600 they wouldn’t be homeless!!! Idiots🙄

  • Joe A.
    01/15/2020 04:57

    Stop spending billions on people here illegally and end birth rights problem solved then they can use the money on vets and legal citizens

  • Joe A.
    01/15/2020 04:54

    Too many humans over population just wait another 50 years

  • Paul N.
    01/14/2020 22:46

    https://youtu.be/RAogHx7Sl8k

  • Erick M.
    01/13/2020 03:05

    I’m fine with all these tactics. Just look at the mess in San Francisco. No thanks.