8 Ways Cities Subtly Hide Their Homeless Population


eight ways cities subtly hide their
homeless population homelessness is a major concern for many cities all over
the world statistics show that as of 2016 there is
an estimated five hundred and forty nine thousand nine hundred and twenty eight
people in the United States that are homeless the government knows that
homelessness is an issue but they also know it’s not a good look for the cities
so what they do is try to hide the homeless population in the most creative
way possible creating a positive image for cities is crucial but is it worth
doing something morally questionable instead of finding ways to maintain an
image it would be better to create an image that includes making more efforts
to help the homeless population keep watching for ways cities are taking
control of the homeless populations and you can consider if they’re humane
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videos number eight putting spikes where homeless people
sleep in 2014 Montreal and London installed spikes on
the ground of ledges where homeless people would sleep the public did not
take kindly to this in protesters actually poured concrete over the spikes
over 130,000 people signed a petition to have them removed
eventually the spikes were removed if you think about it this sort of seems
like an inhumane thing to do number seven penalizing panhandling New
York City has signs telling you not to give money to the homeless Florida and
Atlanta also have the same policy not only can the homeless population get
fined or arrested for taking money but the people giving it to them can also
get into trouble as well just last year a bill was proposed that
would find any motorists for stopping their vehicle to give money to a
homeless person what do you think about this there seems to be a lot of debate
on the topic of giving money to homeless people while some people think that you
should never give money to a homeless person and should instead opted to give
them some sort of food like a sandwich others think that giving them some spare
change isn’t an issue either way it looks like some cities are actively
taking a stance on this and it seems that there are quite a few people who
aren’t too happy about it number six banning feeding organizations in 2014
laws were implemented in 33 US cities that restricted feeding the homeless
populations the penalty ranged from a hefty fine to possible jail time in turn
this has resulted in fewer opportunities for the homeless to eat a decent meal
number 5 destroying homeless people’s belongings
if something doesn’t belong to you do you have the right to take it or destroy
it no but the California Bureau doesn’t care they conduct raids where they
roundup and destroy homeless people’s belongings by throwing them in garbage
compactors these belongings include tents sleeping bags clothes and cell
phones are you interested in learning facts about homelessness around the
world well keep watching until the end to learn some interesting facts about
homelessness around the world that you probably didn’t know number 4 no
sleeping in public if you’ve ever been to a public library or the subway
station you’ll notice that security guards are always on the watch for
people who are dozing off many cities have banned people from sleeping in
public spaces a homeless person would much rather go to a shelter but most of
them are always full to capacity so where are homeless people supposed to
sleep if they are not legally allowed to sleep in public well if there are no
homeless shelters available many of them will resort to sleeping in forests
underneath bridges alleyways and other hidden places where they will not be
seen number three no sleeping in private there are laws that prevent this from
occurring for example if someone pitches a tent in the woods it might violate the
anti camping laws that exist in many states if they’re sleeping in cars they
won’t be safe if they live in Los Angeles LA has laws that prohibit people
from sleeping in their cars near schools homes and commercial districts number
two installing uncomfortable benches there is a reason why a lot of benches
found on the streets are uncomfortable benches are a very popular spot for
homeless populations to sleep on they’re purposely designed in a way that would
make it impossible for someone to stay on it for a long period of time
number one locking the garbage cans many garbage cans are now designed in a way
that it makes it extremely difficult to get what is inside the locking
mechanisms stop homeless people from opening the can from the outside some
garbage cans also have rain hoods that make it almost impossible to reach into
the can homelessness is something which is prevalent all over the world and the
more we figure out ways to prevent homelessness and help homeless people
the better off society will be so now that you know what some cities are doing
to hide their homeless populations here are some interesting facts about
homelessness around the world that you probably didn’t know
there are over a half a million homeless people in the United States according to
the US Department of Housing and Urban Development
there are over 600,000 homeless people currently residing in the United States
most of these people spend their nights in a homeless shelter or transitional
housing others live in cars underneath bridges or on the streets an estimated
100 million people in the world are homeless you heard that right according
to a global survey completed by the United Nations back in 2005 100 million
people around the world are homeless and according to Habitat for Humanity nearly
1.6 billion people around the world lack adequate housing certain groups are more
likely to become homeless than other groups according to facts net the
typical homeless person is a single middle-aged man who is part of a
minority group most homeless people are single men who are aged between 31 and
50 years old most of them are also members of minority groups like African
Americans Native Americans or Hispanics in addition to those over one-third of
all homeless people have some sort of disability there are also other people
who are outside of these groups who are homeless as well 25 percent of homeless
people are single women 38 percent are Caucasian and 23 percent of them are
families with children the primary cause of homelessness did you know that the
lack of affordable housing is the primary cause of homelessness according
to the US Conference of Mayors a lack of affordable housing poverty and
employment are some of the most common causes of homelessness the primary cause
of homelessness for women did you know that domestic violence is
the primary cause of homelessness among women that’s right according to the
National Law Center on homelessness and poverty the NL CHP over 90 percent of
homeless women have been victims of physical or sexual abuse mental illness
did you know that one in five homeless people suffers from some sort of
untreated mental illness that’s right according to The Huffington Post while
six percent of the population suffers from mental illness a staggering 20 to
25 percent of the homeless population suffers from some sort of mental illness
half of these people self-medicate leading to addiction overdose and even
death what are your thoughts on homeless people let us know in the comments
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