Do Homeless People Have Special Rights?

And if so, what are they?

In my opinion, homeless people have all the rights afforded to American Citizens (if indeed one is a citizen).  I don’t think they have the “right” to sleep, eat, use the restroom etc. anywhere they want.

I DO think it’s great when people who are more fortunate help out by donating food, clothes etc to homeless people.  I’d like to see more churches and organizations offer their parking lot to homeless people for parking or camping on too.  I don’t think the state or city should be overly controlling about how said organizations use their property.

As a homeless-by-choice person, I don’t plan on using any of the free things offered to homeless people.  Unless the economy drastically changes (and it might) there’s nothing wrong with my body or mind that would keep me from earning food money OR diving in a dumpster for it, if necessary.  I’m not a freeloader.  But if someone needs these services, I think they should use them.

http://www.news-leader.com/comments/article/20111127/NEWS01/111270365/Larry-Rice-homeless

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I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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3 Responses to Do Homeless People Have Special Rights?

  1. Because there are all types of homeless people, some might need special rights. The mentally ill, homeless children, those who lost their home due to tragic event like a hurricane, earthquake, illness, or apartment fire.

    For the nomadic Freegan who is frugal, good citizen, dumpster dives, and helps others with what they find, too bad they can’t get special parking permits to park downtown during non-peak hours, say 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM. The way handicap get those plaques to hang from their rear view mirrors or stickers on the back window, the homeless in cars should be able to park on city streets in certain locations without the police harassing them as long as the ones parking don’t camp there or start littering or worse like defecating or having sex out in the open. Maybe exchange labor or skills the city needs like picking up trash after events like concerts or games, light secretarial typing or answering the phone or mail, general building maintenance like changing light bulbs or helping out in jails as a jailer of sorts or meal preparation for the free parking permit the way Workampers do.

    Cities are going broke across the USA and are laying off non-essential personnel. Trading 20 hours a week labor for 7-day a week limited parking might be a good Win Win situation for both parties.

    • Maureen says:

      Fantastic idea C. I’d likely not go for a formal agreement but I can envision getting known around “town” as that nice lady that helps with things. Then if I had a cop at my window some nite perhaps he would either know me or another cop might vouch for me so I would have a minimum of problems. I’m a little scared of cops but in actuality, they’ve always been nice to me.

    • Maureen says:

      Again…a fantastic idea. I might suggest this if/when I meet other people like myself in the area. I personally like to keep things less formal but someone else might really benefit from this. Thanks for posting!

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