Raising rent prices, as well as low wages have resulted in thousands of people across the city of Los Angeles becoming homeless. A lot of them now are living in cars, as well as RVs if they could keep it together that well.
According to the counts by the KPCC from recently, there are at least 7,000 people living in their cars in Los Angeles. A lot of them still maintain a job and try to live the most fulfilled lives which they can. But they are constantly facing problems from the authorities.
This is such a common problem that many churches have opened up their parking lots for those people that are living out of their cars. For instance, the New Beginnings Counseling Center has also opened up their parking lot for a “Safe Parking program”. They had the intention to provide a safe, as well as welcome parking place for those living out of their cars. Unluckily, under a new legislation which was passed in Los Angeles, programs like this will be illegal.
Sleeping in cars and RVs has been entirely prevented.
Following the new laws, it is illegal to sleep in a car or in RV which is parked in a residentially zoned district from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Those areas within one block of a park, daycare, in school, are completely off limits. Punishments will range anywhere from $25 to $75. It is incredible to pay for most of the people that are in this situations.
In the year 2014, LA lawmakers tried to pass a similar bill, but it was shot down in a federal appeals court. The judge that was on the case ruled that the legislation was “broad enough to cover any driver in Los Angeles who eats food or transports personal belongings in his or her vehicle. It appears to be referred only to the homeless people.” The policy is up for debate and reconsideration in July, where homeless advocates are expected to protest strongly for an appeal.
Such can have disastrous consequences, in Canada where laws like this have been implemented for some time. One man racked up over $110,000 worth of fines for essentially being homeless. In 2017, the city of Seattle was planning to set up razor-wire fencing to keep homeless populations from camping. Then, earlier this year, it was also reported that San Francisco was using Robots to scare homeless people away from encampments and report them to the police.
Not quickly after that, the city of San Francisco has spent over $8,700 for installing some large boulders under overpasses, to prevent homeless people from setting up camps. There were a lot of homeless encampments in the area until they were recently forced out. Now the government of the city is doing everything they can to keep the camps out of the area.
Source/Inspired by The Mind Unleashed