The lack of housing is a problem of greater dimensions than we want to admit and it’s not likely to disappear. However, in some cities, instead of dealing with it and trying to fix it, what they do is hide it using several techniques. Here they are.
The methods of cities against the homeless
1 – Spikes in sleeping areas
In the year 2014, cities such as London and Montreal began to install spikes on all the areas where they knew homeless people were spending the night. With this initiative, they could not sleep there and the streets would be empty. Eventually, after a protest by part of the population, they were removed.
2 – Uncomfortable benches
Public benches are designed to be uncomfortable because it prevents the people from sleeping on them.
3 – Hygiene
One of the problems of homeless people is to find where to relieve themselves. To prevent them from doing so in certain areas in many cities and towns have been qualified as illegal and punishable with fines and arrests.
4 – Destroy your belongings
In California, they decided that they were going to destroy the possessions of the homeless people from blankets, souvenirs, clothing,…
5 – Rules against sleeping on the street
There are cities that take far more extreme measures such as forbidding people to sleep in the street. The law says that they should stay in the shelters, but many times its capacity is full.
6 – Nothing garbage
Many of the bins now have systems in place to prevent the content from being taken from the outside, so nobody earning a living or salvage anything from them.
7 – Begging
Cities such as New York, Orlando, and Atlanta have banned begging and giving money to the poor. To do so may result in an arrest.
8 – Shelter
Almost all cities have groups and organizations that are dedicated to giving food to the poorest of the poor. It may seem harmless, but some cities have decided to ban these activities.
9 – Social media
During 2015, New York City decided to upload on their social media photographs of homeless people to shame them into getting off the streets. It was very controversial and had to be abolished.
10 – Direct Solutions
Other times, the cities are more direct and put the skewers on the benches to prevent anyone from using them as beds.