John Earl 
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Re: “The More Things Change

What a statement......."this homeless/drunk/drug/crazy population needs to be brought under control"......

The solution is pulling programs? Then what? You "control" people. People have a multitude of different Mental Health issues, I don't believe they are "crazy". I would rather not label a young homeless woman who has been repeatedly sexually assaulted by her family and a string of predatory men as "crazy". The vets that we put in harm's way who develop PTSD because of what they are asked to do, I also shy away from calling "crazy". There is no example of a human being with a mental illness that does not experience suffering. You believe the private sector will help our helpless (which you pointedly said are not helpless and then contradicted yourself) Tell me of an effective example where that has taken place. What do you suggest DHHS does? Where do you suggest the money is applied?

The State Department has also stated that criminalization of our most vulnerable is a violation of human rights. If the community does not apply more funding to programs and less to enforcement, the community will simply find itself with less funds. Do you suggest that we pull treatment and options for accessible food? Do you suggest that we pull funding for places like the MAC? It costs the community a lot more to criminalize than to offer help.

HUD has stated that if we continue to criminalize normal human functions (such as sleep, shelter, food, water) they will begin to pull funding for housing.

"So here's the deal... cities are all battling in a competitive funding process to get money for social services in their community. The thing is, the money is coming from the federal government, so cities have to 'play the game' if they want to get that much needed money.

For the first time ever HUD is asking them to “describe how they are reducing criminalization of homelessness.” Oops!! The trend has been INCREASING criminalization, NOT decreasing it.... so that's going to be a challenging question. The Federal Gov sees how this is costing a ton and making the issue worse... like we've been saying for years.

“Criminalization of homelessness is already more expensive than providing housing, but those costs—from keeping people in jail to increased emergency room visits—are often hidden,” said Eric Tars, Senior Attorney at the Law Center. “We hope HUD’s new question on their funding application brings are least one cost—the cost of lost federal dollars coming into the community—into full view. When added to the potential costs of losing litigation, there’s really no reason for communities to ignore the overwhelming data that shows housing is more effective than criminalization.”

Here is the link to the release from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty about it... "

http://www.nlchp.org/press_releases/2015.09.18_HUD_NOFA_criminalization

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Posted by John Earl on 11/12/2015 at 12:43 PM

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