Why is this still a thing?
Maria Foscarinis, executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, told Mother Jones the seizure or destruction of homeless people's property is now common practice in the USA.
Belongings are seized under anti-camping laws or laws that prohibit sleeping in public—part of a larger trend of what Foscarinis calls "the criminalization of homelessness.
Earlier this year, her organization released a study showing, in one-third of citiies, an increase of nearly 70 percent over the past decade.
#LosAngeles: Lawyers have sued on behalf of four homeless people whose property was destroyed by the city. One plaintiff, Judy Coleman, was hospitalized for pneumonia after her tent and blanket were taken. A similar case from 2014 is in the process of being settled out of court.
#Denver: Police still enforce public camping bans—violators can face fines of up to $999. Back in August, a group called Denver Homeless Out Loud filed a class-action lawsuit arguing that the city’s sweeps are unconstitutional.
#Seattle: The city's regular raids on homeless camps have come under fire due to the loss of personal property and the city's failure to give homeless residents proper notice.
#SanFrancisco: Homeless sweeps are common in San Francisco. The city only preserved 23 people's seized belongings over a six-month period this year. Civil rights groups have filed suit.
#Honolulu: From The National Law Center on Poverty and Homelessness, "The city has been transparent about its goal of removing Honolulu's homeless population from view" and has proposed to "relocate homeless people to a separate island that previously served as a garbage dump and former internment camp during WWII
40,000 people die, homeless, on the streets of America every year.
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