Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

Homeless people, activists to sleep out at Powell St. BART

Homeless people and their allies will lay out their sleeping bags at 5 p.m. Thursday at San Francisco’s Powell Street BART station to protest what the Coalition on Homelessness calls “ongoing abuses of homeless people and the failure of the city to provide adequate housing.”

The action, which will include live music, movie screenings, and free haircuts, comes as other organizations are also planning “Sleep Out” events this week.

There are more than 1,100 adults on a waitlist for shelter beds, the coalition said in a news release, which also pointed to the tent encampments that have become common in the city.

“It is clear that now is the time for long-term solutions, not shortsighted political posturing or band-aid solutions,” the coalition said. “Unfortunately the city has chosen to ramp up sweeps of encampments rather than offer housing to those struggling on the streets.”

According to the group, campers have spoken of losing family heirlooms, medications, and other belongings during the sweeps.

“The ongoing criminalization of poor and homeless people serves only to exacerbate existing addictions and mental health issues, while doing nothing to place people in stable housing,” Sam Lew, the coalition’s policy director, stated. “This Sleep Out action will call attention to the inhumanity of move along to nowhere homeless sweeps and cry out for real solutions.”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, November 16, 2017 @ 4:29 pm PST
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