a reply to: ChesterJohn
Out door 'shelters', huh? Not very practical. Those containers get hot during the day and freeze at night. They become a refuge for 'safe' criminal
The larger group of 'homeless' aren't criminal, but criminals take advantage of them to escape detection by mixing in their community.
A designated place doesn't work either because it become an 'eyesore', starts to stink, creating fiscal and heath issues.
Putting them all together is fine for the originators of the idea (it makes them feel safer). The outdoors people might not agree. As soon as you
designate a place the corruption starts, theres a guard, a curfew, arguments, fights, drugs, crime. All associated with the 'homeless stigma'.
Heres what worked for us. A nice big overpass span with dirt ramps underneath. Cement topped and ribbed wth metal underneath, it provides shelter in
any weather, remains cool during the day, retains the suns heat at night. Its out of sight from the public, has as many 'living niches' as it does
steel girders. The -people that live up in there watch out for each other ,self police their problems, any crime, pick up after themselves. I used to
make dumpster runs with my truck to get rid of garbage. If someone created a problem we drove them out. Watched over each others stuff during the day
when most were gone off earning a meager existence.
The cops knew we were there, used to 'check up' on us, advise, "we know you're here, as long as you keep it tight, no problem".
Sadly, the city council decided to 'clean up' the city, driving the overpass denizens out into the 'real' world to sleep anywhere they could find a
spot under some bushes or behind a building. Razor wired off the bridge access and patrol all night with blazers guns and dogs.
All of us will one day say planet earth was our home, there is no such thing as homeless, just phases of life. Leave these people be, they aren't
bothering you for the most part, or asking for your help. Like I said with exceptions. Like any community, deal with those exceptions, not blanket
policy them all.