Conceal, Criminalize, Capitalize
How government sanctioned tent cities promote the criminalization of homelessness under the guise of service.
Sanctioned encampments have been popping up all over the West coast as an “emergency response” to homelessness in the pandemic. Now that COVID-specific funding is running dry, many local governments have proposed making these encampments a formal tier of the shelter system. In this webinar, we will discuss the implications of these encampments as a “service,” namely how they will and are being used to sweep and warehouse unhoused people on the streets, and how they are part of a larger trend whereby local governments fabricate and formalize “service resistance” in order to continue the criminalization of homelessness under Martin v. Boise.