Santa Barbara’s homeless?

Kick 'em out! 47% 121 votes
Treat 'em kind! 14% 37 votes
Give 'em change! 2% 7 votes
Shelter 'em! 29% 76 votes
Ignore 'em. 5% 14 votes
255 total votes


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I contend that everyone who voted "Kick 'em Out!" will receive their divine justice some day. I don't know what that means, but I think it will happen one way or another. What a horrible attitude, I can't believe there are that many horrible people in this city sometimes. The irony is that a lot of them are probably self-proclaimed Christians who obviously are completely clueless about what Jesus stood for. He would be mightily ashamed at the lot of you.

Sure, kick them off your property, if that's what you mean.. But no, you want to kick them off of public property, and you don't seem to care that they don't have anywhere else to go. What short-sighted nonsense. Being homeless is not against the law, or at least it shouldn't be.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
March 11, 2011 at 12:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Being homeless is not a crime, but all the crimes that are committed around the homeless community by homeless persons are crimes, and that is where the problem is.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
March 11, 2011 at 1:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Bravo LoonPt.
And all the crimes committed by the financial institutions are crimes and that is a real root of the problem, don't you think AZ2SB.

EZK (anonymous profile)
March 12, 2011 at 4:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If one is mentally ill and is harassing people, they should not be allowed to do so whether or not they are homeless. That having been said, I believe (let the cynics laugh at me--as if I care) God is watching intently at how we treat those less fortunate than us.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
March 13, 2011 at 3:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree EZK, I hope that we would hold those criminals to a higher standard than regular citizens on the street. They take from a position of trust and everybody else pays for their crimes.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
March 13, 2011 at 11:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I just moved here from Europe and it is amazing how many rich people live in Santa Barbara. When I saw the first homeless in the streets I was wondering how there can be so many people without shelter in such a wealthy city! A city with so many churches. You sure spend millions on your mansions and beautiful gardens but cannot build the less fortunate than you a shelter? I am deeply disappointed and I really hope to read comments of people who care about others and who change the sad picture I got from the poll above ...

abcdefghij (anonymous profile)
March 13, 2011 at 11:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Unfortunately abc, many people in here care more about getting their preferred street parking spot than they do about the homeless.

Num1UofAn (anonymous profile)
March 13, 2011 at 11:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Bad parents create most of the homeless in our country. Child abuse is a source of their problems. It's a direction to focus on to correct as a long term solution.
In the meantime, be kind to the homeless, most have been beaten physically and emotionally since they were 2 years old. They don't need anymore beatings.

khiggler (anonymous profile)
March 13, 2011 at 1:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Alcoholism and drug abuse are major causes of homelessness. Until a person has reached a personal "bottom" they cannot be forced into sobriety. No one can forcibly commit a mentally ill person unless they are going to harm themselves or others or, if they commit themselves, make them stay on their meds after they leave. Unless we are willing to change laws, I'm not sure taxpayers will be happy about feeding and housing a growing population of people who are highly dysfunctional and completely unemployable.

Katydid52 (anonymous profile)
March 13, 2011 at 1:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I respect your opinion, a-j. Indeed, there are many wealthy people in this area, including in Santa Barbara, although most are outside of the city limits. However, the city, as a whole, is not rich. 58% of us rent and the conditions for many housed here are not good. On the other side, close to 20% of the rental housing is city-subsidized, higher than most other cities --- and the demand keeps increasing. I don't know why you moved to Santa Barbara, but many of us moved here because it is attractive, both scenically and for the weather. Unfortunately, there are quite a few homeless who've also moved here for similar reasons. Is everyone who moves here owed housing? At one point does one provide housing, to all, to a few, to none? There are not enough shelters, but many don't want to stay in the shelters and prefer living on the streets in RVs. Is that right, that the streets are home to vehicle dwellers?

...The situation is not one simple to resolve, but, bottom line, I feel that we should be kind and work for solutions. ...There may not be any acceptable solutions for all in a city this size, with an economy that's limited or, state-wide, in poor condition. I don't know what the churches are doing, but I think they certainly should be doing more, setting an example, a good example, that is, for the city. If you really would like to find answers to your question, I'd suggest you write a letter to the Montecito Journal, asking exactly the same thing. I think the responses from that rich community would be both interesting and dismaying.

citti (anonymous profile)
March 13, 2011 at 8:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If I were homeless from out of town, I would love to hang out downtown and at the beach, bugging the tourists. This happens because panhandling is not discouraged. Long term residents of our area should be treated differently and supported.

sbindyreader (anonymous profile)
March 15, 2011 at 5:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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