Homeless people should be allowed to camp in public spaces until there is adequate housing for them. People who are living in tents should not be chased from one location to another when there is nowhere for them to legally stay. Their belongings should not be trashed nor their rights infringed simply because they are poor and desperate.
No one wants to see homeless people living outside, but they do. The City spends $50 million per year to provide services and housing, but it’s not enough; people are still living outside. The Mayor’s new “Pathways Home” plan will prioritize housing for unsheltered people, but even it if works it will take at least a year to make a difference. Meanwhile, people are living outside.