Helping the Homeless Doesn’t Mean Anything Goes on San Francisco’s Streets
Scott Wiener
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Actually, the Justice Department just weighed in on this and they are of the opinion that you and others, many cities, are in violation of our constitution of the United States not allowing homeless people to sleep on sidewalks. It is considered cruel and unusual punishment to deny people the abilty to sleep. Also, arresting people cause harm in someone’s ablity to later get housing. And obviously you and others in our city don’t even grasp why all of these people are sleeping in the streets and will not go to shelters. The answer goes no farther than the matter of money. Those people who are on government assistance have all but $66.00 dollars taken from them to house them in shelters. If these people have things in storage, that will not even pay the storage bill much less a cell phone. If you really want to see people off the street and into shelters, you need to make these shelters free for these people instead of draining the one source of income they have. It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure that one out. And if you are really concerned about people pissing and crapping on sidewalks, as you say, I suggest you supply this city with more public restrooms that don’t take 20 minutes just to get into as well as keep the one you have funcitoning. So as long as you insist on unconstitutional laws making criminals out of the homeless and causing their hardship to increase with citations, while providing them with little way to comply, you Mr. Supervisor are the real problem, not our police, not our citizens, and not the homeless who simply, like everyone else on this earth, need a place to sleep and rest.

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