Sarasota defends “tough love” of homelessIn the meanest city in America, city officials say they are willing to help the homeless, but they insist that the homeless have to help themselves.
A homeless person in Sarasota who refuses to help himself has few options.
“Philosophically, there’s a point where that individual is making choices,” City Manager Michael McNees told a crowd of 250 people who attended a forum on homeless issues this week.
People who violate Sarasota’s ordinance outlawing public sleeping can be taken to the Salvation Army shelter instead of jail. At the shelter, homeless people are allowed to stay 10 days for free. After that, they must pay $8 a night unless they agree to participate in a counseling program.
That “tough love” policy produced Sarasota’s reputation for being the meanest city in America toward the homeless. See previous post here.
Read the Sarasota Herald-Tribune article here.