police-the-homeless solution: hate-the-homeless file FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Thu, 5 Feb 1998 18:00:15 -0800 (PST)


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I have been working downtown for years and it amazes me that the homeless
are just taking over the whole damn area.

It is impossible to go out and have a nice evening around the area without
having to deal with the panhandlers or smell some fresh piss or shit that
some sap has just deposited.

So - what is the solution? I guess this is a real political hot potato
that no politician wants to get involved in. I think there are ways to
handle this problem:

   1. Pass an absolute law making vagrancy unlawful. Period.
   2. Increase the police routes to include more time in areas that have a
high rate of homeless vagrancy.
   3. Build a center that can house, feed and care for these people.
Include mental accomodations. This can be staffed by college work study or
other federal employees.
   4. Pick up the homeless if they are on the street. Have them prove
residency. If they cannot - they go to the center. Call it a jail if you
want - there is some creative loser politician out there somewhere that
can put a name to it that will not step on anyone's toes.

The center would be the hub of a multi-layered project. The residents will
be used to clean up the streets - they can be assigned to other businesses
to perform some type of work. They would receive a minimum wage from the
businesses and the businesses would pay a nominal fee to the center for
the use of the services.

The work-study program would provide real experience for the college
hopefuls. They will get an opportunity to work first hand in the fields
they have chosen.

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