Sunday, June 30, 2013

Arrests don't amount to a homeless strategy

The city of Tampa is poised to crack down on panhandling and the congregation of homeless people downtown when it should be engaged in a broader discussion about long-range solutions, says the Tampa Bay Times in an editorial today.

The City Council endorsed two proposed ordinances last week that come close to criminalizing homelessness, and there should be a more thoughtful debate when council members return to the issue July 18. Any long-term solution will require a new strategy from the city for moving homeless people into safe and stable housing, not making arrests.

Read the editorial here.


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