SOUTH CAROLINA APPROVES PLAN TO EXILE IT’S HOMELESS
South Carolina approves plan to exile it’s homeless ::: We have officially entered the land of 1984 folks. I can’t even believe this is real. “Police officers will now be assigned to patrol the city center and keep homeless people out. They will also be instructed to strictly enforce the city’s “quality of life” laws, including bans on loitering, public urination, and other violations. And just to ensure that no one slips through, the city will set up a hotline so local businesses and residents can report the presence of a homeless person to police.” Homeless people can stay at the shelter, but they’re not permitted to walk off the premises. In fact, Columbia will even post a police officer on the road leading to the shelter to ensure that homeless people don’t walk towards downtown. If they want to leave, they need to set up an appointment and be shuttled by a van. You can shuttle them somewhere or you can go to jail. That’s, in fact, an abuse of power. This is disgusting, but not that surprising in a country that no longer respects individuals freedoms and rights. Homeless people are still people and the vast majority are citizens. Many are veterans. They are still entitled to the right to be in public spaces, and the streets, sidewalks and parks in a central city or an expensive neighborhood are still the property of all the public. In addition to ignoring individual rights, there is a move in this country to criminalize being poor. This is segregating the rich from the poor. That way, rich people don’t have to be bothered with seeing the impacts of their actions.
The law gives the city’s homeless three options: Go to the city’s riverfront shelter (which will eventually be moved further from downtown; one councilman suggested a location 15 miles away), get out of town altogether, or go to jail.
The city even has a hotline where residents can report a homeless person for seeming…homeless.
Columbia has an estimated 1,621 homeless people living in the city, and the waterfront “shelter” these homeless people will be forced to live in (if they want to avoid jail/prison or leaving the city) only holds 240 beds.
And this gated, police guarded prison shelter does not allow the homeless to leave without permission. With permission, they can only leave through a shuttle bus.