Homeless camp in Portland, Ore. Homeless camp in Portland, Ore. Source: Shutterstock

You can argue the details, sure; but let’s pose this question: If something is created out of desperation, because of let’s say a financial crisis, why would we want to destroy it instead of helping to build it into a better form of itself? For example, take panhandling.

The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty states, “since the 2015 Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert declaring panhandling as protected free speech, more than 25 laws attempting to ban panhandling have been found unconstitutional.”

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