of embracing the spirit of the season and being a little
more giving and compassionate than normal, 15 American cities
are trying to sweep their homeless members of the community
out of public view, NPR reported.
the month of December, Portland, Maine has been rapidly tearing
down homeless encampments. Earlier this year, the city cut
funding for both shelters and expenses to provide those who
couldn’t get into shelters with motel rooms.
Seattle, Washington, the mayor declared a “war on homelessness,”
and has lived up to it. There are two “legal” homeless
encampments in the city, which house up to 100 people. All
others have been torn down by police. Law enforcement destroyed
80 encampments in 2012, 131 in 2013, 351 in 2014, and
527 as of November 2015, the Seattle Times reported.
California has cracked down so hard that the homeless are
literally sleeping in a swamp. Leaving the camp requires high
boots or hip waders, but it is the only place in the city
that police do not enforce camping laws.
in California, in a town called Mendota, the main homeless
encampment was torn down just around Thanksgiving,
by request of the local water district.
New Orleans, Washington, DC, Boise, Kissimmee, Tucson, Salinas,
Honolulu, Dallas, and Oakland were also listed in the report
on cities giving those who are already having a tough time an
even harder one this holiday season.