Hello people. I hope all is well for you and yours.
Here is another warning from me to you to do all you can to avoid “pure” homelessness.
I use that term for the homeless folks who do not have a vehicle to use as a home on wheels.
Here is the latest news about the folks lording over the masses of common folks making life even harder for those without the resources to live what the overlords consider to be a normal lifestyle.
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Though they may not have a home in which to secure their stuff, homeless people still have possessions like everyone else.
Yet the city of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida is on the cusp of passing a new regulation that would make it illegal for anyone to store their personal things on public property. Specifically, it would empower police to confiscate any personal possessions stored on public property, provided they have given the homeless person 24-hours notice. If the homeless people wish to retrieve their items, they must pay the city “reasonable charges for storage and removal of the items,” though that fee is waived if the person is able to demonstrate he or she cannot afford to pay. The city may dispose of any possessions not retrieved within 30 days. One of the driving factors behind the measure, according to the legislation, is the city’s “interest in aesthetics.”
Last week, the City Commission gave unanimous preliminary approval to the measure, despite overwhelming opposition from local residents who testified.
One woman, Gazol Tajalli, told Commissioners that is “insanity that we are even here discussing whether an individual can put on the ground the few objects that they own.” Another citizen, Rev. Gail Tapscott of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft. Lauderdale, criticized some of the Commissioners for “demoniz[ing]” the homeless.
Maria Foscarinis, Executive Director of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, chastised Ft. Lauderdale’s approach. “Maintaining city streets is a legitimate concern, but simply punishing homeless people for leaving their possessions in public places is not an effective or humane way to address it,” she told ThinkProgress. “Instead, city and business leaders should work with advocates and homeless people to develop alternative short and long term solutions, such as public storage options for homeless people and affordable housing.”
According to the Sun Sentinel, “The commission’s actions were backed by business leaders who said they were looking for some controls on a situation that scares away customers and makes visitors uncomfortable.” The commission is also considering other initiatives targeting the homeless, including stiffer penalties for urinating or defecating in public, prohibitions on panhandling at intersections or sleeping in public, and restrictions on charity groups that hand out food to the homeless.
Ft. Lauderdale is not the only city to embrace new ordinances that criminalize people for being homeless. Scores of cities, including Columbia, Palo Alto, Miami, Raleigh, Tampa, Harrisburg, and others have enacted measures that render homeless people simply trying to survive as criminals. Other cities, like Davis, California, are taking a different approach: constructing public lockers where homeless people can safely store their possessions.
I can understand the need to prevent the homeless folks lacking the mentality to respect others’ rights.
I wonder how difficult and costly it would be for a city to have an off-to-the-side place where a toilet and water for cleaning could be available for the homeless to use?
How about some friendly methods to compel the homeless to not gather where they impeded folks going about their business?
I know that situations vary across the land but to take by force what little the homeless have sure seems to be an extreme measure from my working-poor social-economic class point of view.
Do all you can to avoid pure homelessness. Have a vehicle bought and paid for and in a well-maintained condition.
Drive in a sane manner to avoid losing your license or to have a bad driving record that leads to high insurance costs.
Your vehicle will be your storage and living/sleeping place.
Search this site and other places on the Web to learn how to use stealth vehicle living. Avoid law enforcement attention as much as possible.
Be quiet, discrete, low-key and do nothing to attract attention to yourself or your vehicle.
And, consider finding a town or city that does not despise those with the nerve to not be wealthy and not forced to live at a minimal level compared to the deserving, worthy populace of the USA.
Of course, the ongoing class war ensures that a percentage of the populace will be homeless, even among those striving to become part of the economic mainstream.
The percentage of the populace that is mentally ill are what they are and the USA ruling elites seem to try to shove those folks are far away as possible where they are not noticed and the costs of controlling them can be minimized.
The drug and alcohol abusers… damn… I am so glad I shunned the alcohol that creates so much personal and societal misery but that toxin brings in so much wealth to individuals selling the toxin and to governing entities who pay themselves and their lackeys good wages and benefits far better than what many of the common folks obtain laboring within the private sector.
There are no easy answers for some societal problems. The constant upward movement of the nations’ wealth to the greedy hands of the few prevents some steps from being taken to assist those at the bottom of the social-economic pile.
The masses of common folks within the USA are powerless. We can do a few kind deeds locally such as donating some food to the local food bank or donate some used clothing to a local charity that distributes clothing to the needy.
But to actually attack the social problems forcing so many of We, the People into homelessness? Sorry, the ruling elites and their systems ensure that much of what goes on within the USA is controlled by a minority and their army of lackeys obeying their masters to keep the huge scam going.
Yes…SCAM. That is what the USA is. But, so are most countries on this planet.
The ruling elites of the world have so much power and wealth that the immense number of common folks are merely serfs to serve the ruling masters.
The immense and immensely effective propaganda systems bombarding the masses has convinced too many folks that as things are is how they are supposed to be.
So, us lowly common folks are basically screwed.
Prepare ahead, people!!! Be ready for bad luck to come your way. Grab a decent vehicle and keep it decent. At the least think about what you need to do to survive homelessness by using your vehicle as your abode.
Your wealth level will have a lot of influence upon your choices. Each person’s situation is different.
That’s it for now.
Yet another warning from the Disgruntled Old Coot.
Good luck and good luck to the homeless in every area where their miserable life is being made even more miserable.
Post updated July 13, 2022