House keys Not Sweeps
- End the practices of sweeping encampments, towing vehicles, and stealing and destroying belongings and structures houseless people create to keep themselves and their communities safe from the elements.
- End the criminalization of houseless people, without justifying other types of criminalization, by ending the practices of move-along orders, harassment, ticketing and arresting houseless people for existing outside.
- Immediately halt government support of the hate and violence perpetuated by vigilante groups.
- Create and fund access to sanitation and hygiene infrastructure that adequately and quickly responds to the growing number of houseless people.
- Create and fund a full array of health care treatments, including harm reduction resources that appropriately respond to the needs of poor and houseless people.
- Create affordable housing units for poor and houseless people, providing adequate funding for the development and maintenance with long term subsidies.
- Overturn unjust policies and procedures that deny access to deeply affordable housing based on economic status and lived experiences of extreme poverty including homelessness.
- Stop all revenue collection and public funding of BIDs.
- End all funding of and support for hostile architecture that limits people’s ability to access and utilize public spaces.
- Address homelessness and poverty from a multi-issue social justice perspective.
- Overturn laws aimed at removing poor and homeless people from public space.
- Connect current laws targeting today’s poor and homeless people to historic civil rights abuses such as Sundown Towns and Anti-Okie laws.
- Build power by prioritizing the needs of people living on the streets and inspiring and empowering poor people’s resistance.
- Immediately restore Federal affordable housing funding to comparable pre-1980 levels – prior to the advent of the current mass homelessness – with adjustments for cost of living increases.
- Support the human right to housing by creating new affordable, appropriate, and accessible housing and honoring people’s right to self-determination in respect to creating their own housing.
- Remove bureaucratic and other obstacles preventing people from escaping homelessness.
- Create clean, safe, decent, healthy spaces where unhoused community members can live in peace.
- Promote groups advocating for and practicing alternatives to calling the police in response to crises.
- Create a database of publicly owned land to enable more socially just and equitable use that deliberately and intentionally reduces homelessness.