Miami to pay residents who ‘adopt-a-homeless’ under plan that started as sarcasm

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What began as outright trolling of activists against crackdown on homeless camps in Miami has become a formal proposal to be considered at the next city commission meeting.

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Protesters are demonstrating against a proposed city ordinance that would make homelessness illegal in Miami.

Dozens of people held the last meeting with placards declaring “housing is a human right”, “homelessness is the choice of those who govern” and “we are humans, we are not garbage”.


As speakers said the hearing was talking about homeless people as if they were animals, Miami Commissioner Joe Carrollo suggested a progressive “adopt-as-homeless” program that would allow activists to take homeless people into their homes. Will allow reception or setting up tents. In their yard or on the sidewalks in front of their apartment buildings.

“Since we’re all bad guys here and we don’t care,” said Mr. Carollo sarcastically, as shown video of the meeting.

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“I want to create a new program today, here for all of you that I’m sure, a lot of you guys are going to go straight up and be the first to line up to help. And that Adopt-a-Homeless program Is.”

Mr Carolo said that as part of the initiative against outlawing homeless camps, everyone can adopt their own camp to be humane and help them in their next step in life.

As he asked for a list of people who would welcome the homeless into their homes for “all the care, love, humane treatment they deserve”, the crowd gathered burst into ridicule, shouting and booing.

“Okay, okay, okay, okay, you know it’s wonderful. You come here demanding rights, but then when we say something to you that you don’t like then my god, we have You don’t have rights, you want anarchy, just like you’re in the streets right now,” said Mr. Carolo.

“I’m sick of this hypocrisy,” he said.

After the controversial meeting, Mr. Carollo said Miami Herald That he is making a serious proposal that could be a real solution similar to foster care for children, in which the city provides funding to those who participate.

“If there are as many kind people out there who some claim they are out there, I would expect them to step up,” he told the outlet.

The vote on making homeless camps illegal was rescheduled for 28 October, the same day Mr Carrollo’s “adopt-a-homeless” program is up for discussion.

Miami City Commission meeting agenda Lists a proposal instructing city managers to review grants from the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust for the “Adopt-a-Homeless Person Assistance Program.”

“To provide assistance to homeowners in the city who are willing to assist the local homeless population by welcoming a homeless person to their home,” the resolution said.

“A bed and daily necessities like food, water, electricity and any other necessities deemed appropriate to be with them.”


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