The last four years we’ve seen an increase in homelessness. They say the numbers are getting smaller but the eye tells a different story. How many people have accounts of someone living at the bus stop outside their apartment building or on the sidewalk by their home? Criminalizing homelessness doesn’t treat the issue.
Community Outreach Court is a proven solution that is helping to divert nonviolent homeless “participants” from the system and get them wrap around services. There’s a shortage of judges but it just takes the commitment and resources to this program and others like Mental Health and Drug Court diversion programs to foster change.