The Homeless Bill of Rights

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\"homeless\"The General Assembly may soon pass legislation that would establish a bill of rights for the homeless.

Here it is:

(b) Each homeless person in this state has the right to:

(1) Move freely in public spaces, including on public sidewalks, in public parks, on public transportation and in public buildings without harassment or intimidation from law enforcement officers in the same manner as other persons;

(2) Have equal opportunities for employment;

(3) Receive emergency medical care;

(4) Register to vote and to vote;

(5) Have personal information protected;

(6) Have a reasonable expectation of privacy in his or her personal property; and

(7) Receive equal treatment by state and municipal agencies.

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22 thoughts on “The Homeless Bill of Rights

  1. Richard

    Pass the bill! They are not welcome in Litchfield County. Hartford has a lot more tolerance than out here where vagrants are subject to abuse.

    ABOUT the 650 unsheltered? Given the size of the budget and the low cost of this issue do it! Be the first in the nation to say it! Medical Alms Houses had better conditions than these 650 unsheltered

    Do it! 650 cots and some sort of shelter?

  2. Richard

    Excuse the auto correct above. Medieval Alms Houses had better accommodations than the 650 unsheltered. Granted some won’t come in but get the rest under a roof and say CT is the first state to do it.

    you’ll feel good again when feeding at the trough :)

    1. CT Citizen

      Lets start a nice shelter for them at the parasite and Dick,Blumenthal’s neiborhood. He can feed, clothe and hire them to work around his house with all the money he and his Wall St. Buddies have pocketed over the years. Then he can use it as a charitable donation and write it off! Of course, he might have to fire some illegal workers, but its for the good of the people.

  3. Bill

    Now I understand this New Britain Dem. led bill:

    (4)Register to vote and to vote and vote and vote some more.

    1. HomelessHuman

      Bill… Have you stopped to consider how disenfranchised homeless folks are when it comes to voting? People experiencing homelessness don’t exactly line up at the polls. You know why? Because we make it REALLY REALLY HARD for them. You’re mad that there’s a bill out there reaffirming their right to vote? Their Constitutional Right? And you wonder why this bill exists in the first place… Please stop the hate.

      1. LastOne1

        Just curious Homeless Human, why do you accuse someone of hating just because they voiced an opinion? First off, “Bill” did not say he hated homeless people or their right to vote. His comment was more of a political criticism, one heard from both sides about trying to stack the voting deck in their favor. You made it into something that it wasn’t. Saying “stop the hate” is like saying, “well, you know, people don’t like change”. It’s such a ridiculous statement to make only because someone may have a perspective that differs from yours. Doesn’t someone have the right to say I don’t agree with YOUR change. It’s amazing how you defend the rights of the homeless, but berate Bill for exercising his right to voice his opinion.

        1. katz

          what’s even funnier is LastOne1 is probably bill himself, the worst offender, racist and contrarian hater of all the posters on these blogs. It’s telling to see him upset at someone acting precisely as he acts on a regular basis

  4. Larry Deutsch, Hartford City Council, Minority Leader

    We applaud this recognition of a widespread problem – worldwide and of course here in Hartford, where City Council is increasing activity to prevent and end homelessness with rejuvenated Commission to coordinate funding and programs, and find better alternatives like supportive housing and jobs.
    Larry Deutsch, Hartford City Council

    1. Richard

      Hasn’t the new agenda to prevent homelessness overtaken ending homelessness and sheltering the unsheltered Larry?

      I see 650 unsheltered people on the point-in-time-counts.

      Look at Governor Malloy’s $195 million initiatives on housing at the Coalition to End Homelessness.

      http://www.cceh.org/files/general/Malloys_14-15_Housing.docx

      And then we see the trickle down to the unsheltered beneficiaries here when a CERC Executive goes to deliver services. Thankfully she scrounged up 3 donated t-shirts and some white socks!

      http://hot-dogma.com/2013/04/12/thank-yous-in-the-darkest-places/

      Let’s face it the mission of these places is not sheltering the unsheltered. Giving all 650 unsheltered in CT $10,000 housing vouchers is only $6.5 million of that $195 million.

      Where’s the Beef? Organized social services crime as usual? Pension obligations for quasi-agency employees? Where is it?

      Those 650 unsheltered make for handy fund raising props don’t they?

    2. Richard

      And then we see the trickle down to the unsheltered beneficiaries here when a CCEH Executive goes to deliver services.

      Thankfully she scrounged up 3 donated t-shirts and some white socks out of that $195 million!

      http://hot-dogma.com/2013/04/12/thank-yous-in-the-darkest-places/

      Let’s face it the mission of these places is not sheltering the unsheltered. Giving all 650 unsheltered in CT $10,000 housing vouchers is only $6.5 million of that $195 million.

      Where’s the Beef? Organized social services crime as usual? Pension obligations for quasi-agency employees? Where is it?

      Those 650 unsheltered make for handy fund raising props don’t they?

  5. Richard

    Some might ask “Do we have more actual unsheltered homeless in CT?” or “Do we have more actual government and social service employees claiming to be working for the homeless in CT?”

    What’s needed Larry is a blood letting. A purging. Not a polite “look into” to maybe see if agencies can consolidate missions.

  6. Richard

    This is one area where I’d like to see Cafero and Foley fighting. The one that claims they can 1) lower the housing budget and 2) still shelter the unsheltered and solve homelessness in CT.

    That they, and only they, have the management skills to do so. The Democrats will simply continue to throw money down the drain but the GOP can actually manage government. Not just cut but manage.

    Sadly, the GOP in CT is brain dead. The cursed Chris Healy stole all the marbles.

    1. bill katz

      Richard; Enough of your conservative propaganda-laced diatribe on the superior abilities of republican party-controlled management abilities of social services.

      What pompous ass did you slither out from today? Or is it a phantom bug around your rump that you keep scratching?

      Under any I repeat any republican administration, all social services will be the first to be reduced or eliminated. No ands, ifs and in your case, bloated butts. The only legitimate point that you may have had on this issue so far is the democratic leadership (in general) propensity to bloat programs with new positions thereby reducing the effectiveness of allocations. I agree that $195 million can go a very long way and we don’t need to spend on new positions to effectuate a program such as this. Frankly, I am not well acquainted with this program and don’t want to voice whether the structure already exists to deal with the issue of homelessness.

      But I have grown tired of reading your political rants of how republicans will better manage such allocations. Your bucket of muck doth overflow, today.

  7. Abraham

    All of the rights listed in this bill are already protected.
    Some may argue about the problems associated with trying to vote (not having an address). This needs to be balanced against the need to ensure EXISTING voting laws are not violated.
    This legislation is completely unnecessary. What is needed is FAIR enforcement of existing laws and not making up rules on the spot (that go beyond the scope of the existing laws). The money spent debating this bill could be better used in providing service to the homeless!

    1. katz

      You’re right of course, Abraham. Did you maintain the same position on the recent gun control laws?

      1. Richard

        Try telling homeless people getting hustled out of public parks in daylight they have rights. Protect them. Some cities are fighting for the right to panhandle in specific zones and making accommodations for day sleepers where they won’t bother anyone. This requires very little expense or effort. The toilets in Bushnell Park for example. Nothing beats using a military solution of low cost tents ir barracks. It keeps them off the streets in bare accommodations with chow and a bus connection.

  8. Richard

    Sherriff Joe Arpacio of Arizona prides himself on building a tent city for 2400 prisoners for $100,000 and as in CT spends around $2 per day per chow ( well under CT food stamps). Still better accommodations than the unsheltered get here. Granted there’s environmental differences but CT isn’t even trying

    1. wildbill

      Feel free to host them in your yard, richard. Feed them while you’re at it.

      I’d find that more refreshing than yet another attempt to foist everything off on the public at large, and the honest taxpayer specifically

  9. Richard

    Hire someone who has the mission to 1) Shelter the unsheltered and 2) all the other preventive and support services are second and supportive housing are second.

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