Hey, Colorado, This is How You Should Treat Your Homeless Population
Denver found itself in controversy this week when it decided to clear the belongings of its homeless population off of public sidewalks, leaving all of us in Northern Colorado to wonder if that will happen here, next.
On one hand, I understand where Denver officials are coming from, but this is not a good or humane solution. As Mollie stated in her blog, one woman told Denver7, ‘We have no other place to go. Homeless is homeless. How would you feel if someone came to your home and said you can’t live there anymore?’
In San Francisco, they’re not scooping the homeless population out of sight, and out of mind, and citing them as a ‘public health concern,’ but rather introducing a solution; one which offers dignity and cleanliness. According to AJ+, a non-profit called Lava Mae has re-purposed old city buses into mobile bathrooms for the homeless to use. (Cause aside, what a cool way to reuse old buses.) Check it out in the video below:
They call it “radical hospitality,” and it’s giving a helping hand to the homeless community. (via AJ+)
Posted by Upworthy on Wednesday, March 9, 2016
I have a bed to go home to every night, a bathroom to use and a roof over my head, so who am I to say where homeless people can or can’t stay? I’ve been fortunate enough to never be in that situation, and all I can say is, shoveling their belonging off the sidewalks isn’t making anything any better.
As one man states in the video above, he has an MBA from Stanford — anyone could be one paycheck away from being on the streets, even you. So, how would you like to be treated by your city as a ‘public health concern.’ or as a person who has access to basic human necessities? Plus, I’m really just all about a good upcycle.