New LA Law: Homeless People Can Only Own A Trashcan’s Worth Of Belongings

These misguided approaches to homelessness have only served to increase the amount of homeless people in the city and make their quality of life that much worse.
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    As though homeless people don’t already own so few possessions, the city of Los Angeles just passed a law saying that the amount of things a homeless person can own must fit inside of a trashcan. They even have size dimensions for the trashcan, noting that the items must fit in a 60-gallon trashcan and the lid must close over it.

    The new law allows police to even confiscate tents that are still standing on public property during daylight hours. Taking away a homeless person’s shelter is not constructive, and in fact only makes them feel less secure in a time when they need a solid foundation to get back on their feet.

    This law is in response to LA’s homeless epidemic, which has been on the rise recently, with an increase in 20% over just the last two years.



    These misguided approaches to homelessness have only served to increase the amount of homeless people in the city and make their quality of life that much worse. Homelessness is an issue that stems from greed and a disregard for the root causes of poverty, as many people that are homeless cannot afford housing first and foremost because rent is too high. As cities look the other way while buildings increase their rent prices, more people are evicted and end up on the streets. The only real solution for homelessness is to give people homes.

    Initiatives have begun in other U.S. and international cities, such as Canada, that are attempting to reduce the amount of homeless people by first giving them homes and subsequently working with them to determine the best approach for getting them back on their feet. These programs offer a range of services, such as rehabilitation for drug addictions, therapy, and connections to job opportunities. It’s programs like these that constructively help to end homelessness and poverty, not laws that try to restrict homeless people even more.

    Of course, cities could first assist by at least not taking away homes or apartments that are affordable by restricting developers from stripping away rent-controlled apartments, but the city makes more in revenue from high-priced living spaces and the people that occupy them. Just last year, 1000 rent-controlled apartments were taken off the market, triple the decline in 2013. One developer, Wiseman Residential, has single-handedly evicted 237 tenants from rent-controlled apartments in the last decade.

    Homelessness cannot be solved by disincentivizing being homeless, as there are root causes of poverty and homelessness that are being ignored and the majority of homeless people do not choose to live this way. Limiting their own belongings only strips them further of their individuality, one of the few things left as they live on the streets.

     


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    • Linda Vidal

      So, is the city furnishing these homeless people with a wheeled trashcan that they can store their belongings inside? If not, STFU and leave free people alone! They should have the same rights as any citizen to their personal property and papers, and passing these laws only shows disregard for the dignity left when one has no place to turn for help.

    • Julianne Cliffe

      I mentioned this article to my 12 year old daughter, and without even reading any of the details her first comment was “that’s easy mum, give the homeless homes and you fix the problem”… we should be listening to the younger generation, they see it how it is, simple.

    • Rose Webster

      This >> “Homelessness is an issue that stems from greed and a disregard for the root causes of poverty, as many people that are homeless cannot afford housing first and foremost because rent is too high. As cities look the other way while buildings increase their rent prices, more people are evicted and end up on the streets. The only real solution for homelessness is to give people homes.”

      Thank you for stating the truth. We’ve started a petition to help: https://www.change.org/p/curren-price-curren-price-reverse-your-order-to-confiscate-and-destroy-tiny-homes-for-la-s-homeless

    • SeaNote

      Most Syrians would envy anybody with Only Own A Trashcan’s Worth Of Belongings

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    • Màire Ní Bhroin

      Good article! Punishing the poor by reducing their few meagre belongings and their ability to keep tents for shelter is truly dehumanizing, cruel & inhumane. I empathize with those who may be financially strapped by losing their jobs, incomes,home or apt. and pushed onto the streets for whatever reason. We as a society should care for the unemployed & disabled people, whether it be a physical or mental handicap or just plain ageism, and provide reasonably priced shelter, food & clothing. Creating meaningful work and/or subsidizing those who may not be able to work (through no fault of their own ) will show the world that North America is a humane, civil & compassionate society, founded on Christian values.

      • Ashleyjreaves1

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        • Màire Ní Bhroin

          Thx for the tip Diane, maybe this type of work is for real and I hope you do make the income you say you do. Maybe this type of work, could help the homeless, poor & disenfranchised…I do not know but, God bless you & much success!

      • Linda Vidal

        We used to be able to do that, but now it is more important to give our tax dollars to the Pentagon, who can “lose” 6.5 trillion dollars and never bat an eyelash. Divide that number among the number of homeless and every one of them could probably own a home!