Mayor Cogswell’s Plan To Combat Homelessness

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    #5063
    QRiSG
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    Our newly elected mayor in Charleston, William Cogswell, has detailed his “plan” for Combatting the homelessness problem in Charleston. The options are (1) Going to a “rapid response shelter” (2) Going To Jail (3) A bus ticket out of town. . . He thinks it’s inhumane to sleep outside and is essentially trying to make it illegal to do so.. I’ll post the link to the article but I’m curious what you think about this..

    https://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/commentary/charleston-sc-mayor-addressing-homelessness/article_e6916e4e-f111-11ee-a44a-730517834401.html

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    #5102
    QRiSG
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    Points: 126

    Here’s some feedback I received from someone close to the issue

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    #5108
    tylerclapper
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    Points: 13.5

    making poverty a crime or basically deporting them is insane. Just build affordable housing and fight for living wages in SC.

    If sleeping on the streets is inhumane then you house the people. Making it another city’s problem or imprisoning them is crazy.

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    #5204
    Ravenel_Fridge
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    Points: 18.5

    Yes, but it gets them out of sight for the tourists. We cannot forget that almost every decision made by Charleston is done with the interests of protecting tourist dollars. Charleston must continue to be seen as a perfect haven for the money to keep flowing.

    Anything that looks sketchy to Karen & Kyle with their son Bryson and their daughter Bayleigh is swept under the rug, because God forbid they cancel their flights and 4 night stay at the Francis Marion hotel, steak dinner at Hall’s and instagram sessions at the Battery.

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    #5215
    mcuvin
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    Then we need to build transitionary shelters. The problem is most of the population don’t want to have housing or they can’t get housing. 80% of my clients are felons, sex offenders, or have been evicted so no one is going to rent to them. So you can temporarily have them relocate to a shelter (one80) but then you would have to give them a low barrier opportunity to housing. That’s the key

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