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Individual rules against activities such as camping or just resting on a ledge may not seem like a big deal. But taken together, they make life more difficult for people without shelter. Robert Rosenberger

Spikes, seat dividers, even ‘Baby Shark’ − camping bans like the one under review at SCOTUS are part of broader strategies that push out homeless people

Anti-camping laws are the centerpiece of the ‘hostile design’ strategies cities use to push the unhoused out of public spaces.
Police drag away a tent from a pro-Palestinian encampment at the University of California, Irvine on May 15, 2024. Leonard Ortiz/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images

Who gets to decide what counts as ‘disorder’?

Framing dissent and poverty as a menace to public order can threaten fundamental rights, particularly when it’s used to justify the deployment of predictive technology.
Sometimes emergency housing programs encourage domestic violence survivors to use unsafe alternatives to public programs − even staying with their abusive partner. Claudia Wolff/Unsplash

Domestic violence survivors seek homeless services from a system that often leaves them homeless

Programs and policies to help domestic abuse survivors find safe housing work only if they’re implemented and supported with resources.
Workers demolish the temporary installation for refugee claimants at Roxham Road in September 2023 in St. Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que. Since then, refugee claims have increased. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Canada needs a national strategy for homeless refugee claimants

We know how to reduce homelessness and uphold our responsibilities to those seeking asylum and protection. Now all we need is the political will.
Unhoused people and supporters protest against police as they prepare to clear homeless encampments in Edmonton on Jan. 9, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Encampment sweeps in Edmonton are yet another example of settler colonialism

Encampment sweeps in Edmonton are a brutal attack on both human and treaty rights, as well as a continuation of the violent removal of Indigenous Peoples from their land.
Tents at an encampment in Crab Park, Vancouver, in August 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

British Columbia’s proposed bill on ‘alternative shelter’ risks doing serious harm to unhoused people

If passed, B.C.’s Bill 45 will trample over the constitutional rights of unhoused people by ignoring shelter barriers, Indigenous rights and the need for daytime shelter
Portland, Maine, officials ordered that a park be cleared on Sept. 28, 2022, of people who were homeless and that any trash be removed before a visit by a candidate for governor. AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

Being homeless means not being free − as Americans are supposed to be

To be homeless is a condition in which a person’s freedom is profoundly compromised. And that’s un-American, says a philosopher.
Protesters demonstrate against the eviction of a homeless encampment under the Ville-Marie expressway in Montréal in July 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christinne Muschi

Montréal’s ‘mixed’ police squads don’t help the city’s unhoused people — they cause more harm

Front-line workers who support unhoused people say far from being a form of support, mixed police squads add a layer of surveillance and harassment.
A tent on the sidewalk in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Cash transfers can help people find suitable accommodations and save governments money. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

We gave $7,500 to people experiencing homelessness — here’s what happened next

Researchers found that most homeless people spent the money they received on rent, food and other living costs.

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