Yes, the city must clear out the homeless encampments in Kensington

A few weeks back, the city was going to clear out the homeless encampment on Kensington Avenue, but a Villanova professor who claims to be a homeless advocate threatened to sue, and the city backed off.

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.

This is not about housing. It’s about whether taxpayers who live and work in a community have the right to be at peace. And to the so-called advocates think it’s right to have drug users camped out on the sidewalk, take them to your neighborhood. And if you don’t want to do that, then do the right thing. Help them stop using, help them start living, and then we can get them off the streets.
Photo:  Fine Fair  By. Tony Juliano

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