Is it possible to live in San Francisco (CA) on 71670 dollars that Poop Patrollers make (per year)? What resume do I need?
Most in California are homeless not because they're not earning enough to afford a mortgage or rent, but rather because they have a drug or mental health issue making them unable to be a standard, rational human being. A great majority of these people have traditionally been managed through mental health or drug treatment centers. National funding for government-run instances of these facilities was cut during Reagan's presidency, and has not been restored.
The reason California has such a great number of homeless is a function of the temperate weather, safety nets keeping the homeless' heads above water, and a general attitude that helping people is a basic human requirement.
All this said, I think it's a better use of funds to have mental health and drug treatment facilities, and to address crapping, etc., in public, with maybe travelling bathroom facilities on the back of a truck which might be irradiated every so often. Housing for these people could be addressed by FEMA or FEMA-type trailers in the desert areas, which could again be irradiated or whatever periodically.
All this would be no more expensive than the non-stop homeless camp cleanup process we see in California.
1963, Community Mental Health Act: JFK moves money away from large institutions, and into "community-based" programs. (In other words, the fed govt promised money for the latter, and thus states didn't invest in the former).
He hoped to reduce the institutional population by 50% (no idea why this was the goal, but FBOW it was). In fact, unlike many govt ideas, this (way) "overachieved". By 1980 it had decreased 75%, in 2000 by 90% (from over 500000 to 55000, taking no account into base population increases along the way, as a percentage).
So in other words, there's about a million people (adjusting for population growth) who would be institutionalized, if it were not for JFK's initiative. That's not exactly what you see on the streets (the population numbers are a dynamic, not a constant), but it's some sort of first approximation.
A noteworthy side effect was these "large institutions" (physically big buildings) being "repurposed" by local govts basically as a money-making operation (land usage in particular).
By 1977 for instance, only 650 of these "community health" centers had been built, and they served almost 2 million persons, but weren't designed for the more difficult mental health patients (those previously institutionalized). Jimmy Carter got the Mental Health Systems Act passed in 1980 with some new money, but in 1981 the omnibus passed by Congress "repealed" this to some extent, and instead made block grants to states that effectively only had mental health aspects as competing with other moneypots (food banks, housing, etc.).
Also, don't forget those imprisoned, for which the estimates are about 15% (around 300000) of them have serious mental illness (compare this to 100000 psychiatric beds in hospitals nationwide).
But yeah, CA has felt the worst of it, from both bad policies at various levels, and funding first going into inapropos "community health" centers, and then even that drying up. Almost a case lesson in how federal initiative crowds out state incentives, and local poobahs ending up with all the goodies themselves.
San Francisco, USA
The Bay Area city was the first in the United States to ban the sale of plastic water bottles. San Francisco aims to become waste-free by 2020 and is already making huge progress on its target as it diverts 80% of all trash from landfills. It should also come as no surprise that there is a huge vegan scene amongst it’s finest restaurants. Plus, the vintage stores alone are worth the trip.
According to a UNICEF survey, 58% of the world's population practicing open defecation lives in India.
As per national population figures, 54% of India's population practices open defecation against China's 4%.
Neighbouring Sri Lanka, in contrast, has only 1% of its citizens going to toilet in the open.
The national figure stands at 60% for Ethiopia, 28% for Pakistan and 50% for Nepal.
The Port Commission of San Francisco is set to approve a prime Embarcadero waterfront location for what will be the largest homeless shelter in the city.
The shelter will be located at Seawall Lot 330, directly across from piers 30/32, and is estimated to be open for four years.
The facility, called a “SAFE Navigation Center,” (Shelter Access For Everyone) is planned to house at least 175 people and provide comprehensive social services for the area’s homeless, including care for pets and access to storage, San Francisco has an average daily homeless population of 7,500, according to the 2017 San Francisco Homeless Count & Survey, and an estimated 4,300 sleep on the streets each night.
Breed introduced legislation in January declaring a shelter crisis for San Francisco, along with ordinances to expedite developmental red tape.
The public comments were overwhelmingly negative, with many residents displaying visible emotion during speeches, which were limited to two minutes each. Most of their issues related to increased crime, drugs, loitering and garbage.
The dawn-to-dusk work represents a $32 million increase in street-cleaning spending since fiscal 2013-2014, an increase of over $6 million a year.
And the city expects to spend at least $72 million next year.
Street cleaners, however, will tell you that the problem isn’t cleaning the streets, but keeping them clean.
“It‘s not just about the money anymore, it’s about also needing to deal with the people who are creating the problems,” Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru said. “Cleaning the same area three, four, five times a day is not the best use of our money, but it is necessary until the behavior changes.”
Mayor London Breed, who has made cleaning the streets a top priority, agrees.
“Ultimately, we need people to change their behavior if we want to see a difference on our streets,” Breed said. “Everyone needs to be held accountable for taking care of our city.”
London (UK) is taking Action against this!
There are now signs in Westminster that are warning people not to poop in the streets.
“This area is being monitored for street fouling”, the signs say and warn that a violation of the regulation may lead to arrest.
People are also informed that “Mobile CCTV vans operate in this area”.
“Public defecation used to be more of a problem in non-European countries, but it seems to have made its way here now.”
Shimmy Mack wrote:
This job would be perfect for Tomi Lahren
Why don't you just have your mom wear depends? The worst that would happen is old white biathc diaper rash.
The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of downtown San Francisco in search of trash, needles, and feces. The investigation revealed trash littered across every block. The survey also found 41 blocks dotted with needles and 96 blocks sullied with piles of feces.
So in other words, LESS THAN 63% of street blocks had poop?