Homelessness Illegal

By | October 11, 2005

I was listening to NPR today, and a woman made the statement that, “Being homeless is illegal in the U.S.” and beyond that it is a crime to be poor in this country. I would agree, that is virtually is. Apparently, she had eventually been arrested for failing to pay tickets resulting from her sleeping in her car. “You can’t sleep in a car, you can’t sit on the side walk, you can’t loiter…” She also talked about the social and systemic stigmata of being poor, and about barriers to getting ahead when one is starting from behind. I don’t know that I have much of a point, other than the fact that it doesn’t seem right.

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