Seeking Refuge (Excerpt from ‘Hiding the Homeless’)

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A growing number of American cities are ticketing or arresting homeless people for essentially being homeless. The new laws ban behavior commonly associated with homelessness like reclining in public, sharing food or sitting on a sidewalk.

Supporters argue these measures are necessary to push homeless people into the shelter system and maintain public safety. Critics say the laws violate the rights of homeless people and ignore the more complicated drivers of homelessness like mental illness.

Richard Morgan became homeless when the auto shop he worked at in Boise, ID went under. He is one of many who resort to camping in the woods to avoid harassment and ticketing by the police.

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Fined for Being Homeless (Extra Scene from ‘Hiding The Homeless’)

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A growing number of American cities are ticketing or arresting homeless people for essentially being homeless. The new laws ban behavior commonly associated with homelessness like reclining in public, sharing food or sitting on a sidewalk.

Supporters argue these measures are necessary to push homeless people into the shelter system and maintain public safety. Critics say the laws violate the rights of homeless people and ignore the more complicated drivers of homelessness like mental illness.

We found homeless people camping in the woods to escape police harassment, a homelessness consultant opposed to feeding homeless people and a city that uses solitary confinement to force homeless people into shelters.

In this extra scene, VICE News spoke to a resident of Nevada City, California, who recounts what it was like to be stigmatized by her community for being homeless.

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What Happens When Cities Make Homelessness a Crime: Hiding The Homeless

A growing number of American cities are ticketing or arresting homeless people for essentially being homeless. The new laws ban behavior commonly associated with homelessness like reclining in public, sharing food or sitting on a sidewalk.

Supporters argue these measures are necessary to push homeless people into the shelter system and maintain public safety. Critics say the laws violate the rights of homeless people and ignore the more complicated drivers of homelessness like mental illness.

We found homeless people camping in the woods to escape police harassment, a homelessness consultant opposed to feeding homeless people and a city that uses solitary confinement to force homeless people into shelters.

VICE News began its investigation in Boise, ID, where a group of homeless people have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of these laws. Their case could change the way homeless people are treated across the country.

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Hiding the Homeless (Trailer)

A growing number of US cities are forcing homeless people into the criminal justice system under new laws aimed to clean up the streets. VICE News investigates the push to criminalize homelessness and what these laws mean for people with nowhere else to go.

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