Yes, the city must clear out the homeless encampments in Kensington
Well now, the city has rescheduled the clear-out for August 18th, and I’m here for it. No one can shoot drugs, have sex and defecate on the sidewalk in Chestnut Hill. They shouldn’t be able to do it in Kensington, either. Get them out of those tents, off of those sidewalks, and turn the neighborhood over to the taxpayers.
Because here’s the truth of the matter. The people who are homeless in Kensington are homeless because they’re on drugs. They’re homeless because they’ve burned bridges. And as hard as it might be to hear, they’re homeless because they won’t stop using.
How do I know? Because I’ve been homeless and on drugs. And when you’re in that situation, the way you get out of it is to stop using drugs, go to a shelter, and use whatever income you have to save for permanent housing.
I’m not saying it’s easy. I’m not saying you won’t have setbacks. But to pretend that these are simply people who are homeless because they’re down on their luck is a lie. They are sleeping on the streets of Kensington because they are addicted to drugs, and that’s where drugs are sold.