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Editor: Stephen Clowney
Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Property Protection for the Possessions of the Homeless

The New York Times details how some California cities are showing an increasing respect for the property of the homeless

For years, the authorities periodically swept the banks of San Jose’s waterways, dismantling and discarding the elaborate, makeshift homes built by hundreds of homeless people. [...]  The cat-and-mouse game served to check their numbers, at least enough to prevent a flood of complaints from residents nearby. But maintaining that balance has recently grown more complicated: fearing lawsuits by advocates for the homeless, the city has begun storing the belongings of people whose encampments have been cleared.

Steve Clowney

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