Homelessness

Homelessness Encampments Aren’t a Constitutional Right

Rich Lowry, National Review

There is an obvious public interest in tearing down encampments and keeping them from springing up. They are dens of public health risks, drug abuse, and crime that significantly degrade the quality of life. Workers at City Hall in Los Angeles have been exposed to trash and bodily fluids from nearby encampments, which also were responsible for a rodent infestation. A society that lacks the ability to prevent such blatant and revolting affronts to public order — degrading and dangerous even to their supposed beneficiaries — has lost something important. A society that tells itself that it is literally impermissible to use the law to discourage them has lost its mind.

The ‘Simple’ Homeless Solution

Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator

"Give them homes" is asinine. Yes, there’s a desperate need for nonprofits to build homeless shelters and sanitary temporary encampments, but just “giving” the homeless homes isn’t going to eliminate all the social-service, policing, and other costs. When perhaps half of the homeless won’t take free services, owing largely to their addictions and mental illnesses, this wouldn’t solve the problem by any stretch. I’m not offering my own simple solutions, but I will offer this guarantee: No matter how much money they throw at the problem, California governments will be struggling with this crisis well past my lifetime.

Why I'm Never Going Back To California

Calfornia's Democrat-controlled government spends its time crafting laws to jail people for using the wrong pronoun while the obscene condition of downtown Los Angeles has become an international disgrace. Mountains of rotting, oozing, stinking trash line skid row alleys while football-sized rats pop their heads out of the debris like they are in a game of Whac-A-Mole.

Liberals Begin to Revolt against ‘Rock Stupid’ Homelessness Policies

John Fund, National Review

Finding the right balance between compassion and personal responsibility in homelessness policy is incredibly difficult. Simply spending money on more apartments for the homeless only attracts more homeless and breeds corruption. Demanding that people get off drugs and alcohol and on to any prescribed medication they have invites howls of outrage and civil-rights lawsuits. That’s why it’s noteworthy that the citizens of liberal Denver finally said “Enough” to liberal plans to broaden the right of homeless people to live on city streets. It’s now time for reformers to realize that the public is yearning for answers and to propose tough-love solutions that address the root cause of the homeless problem, rather than sentimentalize it.