On Friday, May 24, 2013, the California Assembly Appropriations Committee held AB 5 which means that the Homeless Bill of Rights did not pass the Assembly. Had it passed, California would have followed several States who have recently passed Homeless Bill of Rights to protect them from criminalizing individuals for being homeless.
By not passing the bill, it shows that California, a “liberal” State, has continue to neglect its homeless epidemic. Criminalizing people for being homeless is not the way to end homelessness.
Homelessness will end when we start addressing its roots and criminalizing our way from this issue is not the solution. If California would understand that it cost the State more money by continuing to criminalize homeless and poor people rather than by respecting their human rights and providing them with the social services need it for them to get back on their feet.
Homeless Activist will continue to put pressure on our elected officials to make sure that California will follow the path of States like Illinois and Rhode Island who have passed legislation supporting a Homeless Bill of Rights.