In San Francisco there is a war not with homelessness, but against homeless people
The city of San Francisco is faced with a massive problem of homelessness. The city in which until recently was a tourist center, to date, only scares visitors.
The city government has taken a decisive step to build a shelter for 1,000 seats, in order to reduce the number of people needing accommodation in the streets. But wealthy citizens of San Francisco opposed such construction, and sued the city, arguing that "the homeless harm the environment."
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A large crowdfunding campaign was launched to raise funds for lawyers who would uphold the construction ban; more than 100 thousand dollars had already been raised.
A lawsuit filed against the city requires an environmental impact assessment, citing a number of factors, such as "increased crime rates, open use of alcohol and drugs, public urination and defecation".
Kelley Cutler, the human rights organizer for the Coalition on Homelessness - refutes all these arguments, considering this lawsuit, no more than a trick and the last attempt to block the construction of a shelter at any cost.
According to statistics, at the moment in San Francisco more than 8,000 homeless people, of whom about a thousand and a half need an overnight stay. These figures shocked the residents of the area where construction is planned and a serious struggle with the authorities began.
According to the statements of the responsible persons, in particular John Coté, this project has passed all the necessary checks, including the environmental one.
“San Francisco has a homeless crisis on its hands,” Coté said. “The city is ready to put roofs over people’s heads and get them indoors. Others are filing baseless lawsuits to keep people out in the cold. Rather than trying to shift the problem to someone else’s backyard, everyone needs to do their part.”
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