Homeless Bill of Rights Nears State Assembly

SACRAMENTO-

The homeless bill of rights was OK’d by a committee Tuesday, but the state is in for a passionate debate once it hits the Assembly floor for a full vote.

More and more cities are passing ordinances limiting what the homeless can do and where they can do it.

“There are some homeless kids around here that are not even 18 yet, they do not have a place to eat. They do not have a place to shower. They do not have parents to care for them,” said homeless advocate Brandon Beene.

San Francisco Assembly Democrat Tom Ammiano calls it the criminalization of poor people.

He wants to make it a fundamental right for people to rest, sit or panhandle in public places and have access to showers and bathrooms.

“It is on every corner, every alley. It is everywhere,” said critic Luis Gutierrez

Critics of the bill worry it will lead to more of what some are trying to fix.

The California Chamber of Commerce argues the bill would kill jobs by imposing costly clean ups for employers.

But others argue the bill is only fair.

“Everyone deserves to be treated equally. That’s the golden rule,” said Beene.

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3 comments

  • patrick

    This is probably the worst idea I have heard. If the homeless activist feels that strong about it than she should open up her backyard.

  • dymndluv

    I agree Patrick. I work for an organization that helps house homeless. Some of the problem is there is not enough affordable housing, the people that get in affordable housing stay there for over 20 years (I would too of rent were cheap and nothing else of me is being required). BUT allowing them to panhandle and do more things in public is not the answer.