Denver Homeless Veteran Shares on the Criminalization of Homelessness

Denver Homeless Veteran Shares on the Criminalization of Homelessness

73 thoughts on “Denver Homeless Veteran Shares on the Criminalization of Homelessness

  • Lord let us help the homeless. God Bless this man. Hopefully Dr, Ben Carson can continue to make a difference on the homelessness problem in our country. Merry Christmas.

  • Been homeless myself and it very nearly was the end of me. Shelter, like food and water is essential for human survival. On top of that you get treated like scum. Its revealing of human nature the way vulnerable people are treated.

  • This is the number one reason why I decided to buy my own home years ago- but the fates are stacked up against that also! Ergo when mine burned I ended up homeless because the insurance company refused my claim: Farmers insurance from hell!

  • Sorry your going through this brother. Keep faith and Hope because GOD can and will pull you out of this. I was homeless for a year but now have my own home and moving forward. I know how hard being homeless is. I couldn't even find a bathroom to use and as a recent disabled veteran I couldn't find food or shelter on veterans day. The worst was when i was deathly skinny walking around Nashville begging for water and being denied from restraunts. I was picked up by a sheriff and dropped off in the country and told by the sheriff that my kind was not welcome in Nashville. I was fighting in Afghanistan 24 months earlier and couldn't even find a place to sleep. And everyone is cruel to you in the worst way. Makes you feel like nothing but that is a lie.

  • This homeless guy is smart is right if I was homeless myself out never ever go to a shelter in fact I build my tent final space for myself and put it into their.. somewhere where no one will see it and by myself.. but this guy has the right idea..

  • The thing with the shelters.. they lump everybody in the one shelter.. with mental problems .. bad people that's not good.. because that's a recipe for disaster so I'll never ever sleep in a shelter..

  • If I was him I would not pay the ticket the door whether you can pay for it or not I tell him I'm homeless, pay for it when you're not getting a penny clear and simple.. the system and the government think that trying to help the homelessness by lumping them only one place that's on the way to do it.. like a herd of cattle..

  • Jerry seems like he would be a great friend that you could just sit on the porch with have coffee and talk about anything under the sun. Its a crying shame that hes been treated like a criminal and fined for camping. Thats a stupid law in that city. I hope by now he has found a place to live and that hes happy and healthy. Do you have an update on him?

  • Your voice can help end homelessness. If we do not fix the affordable housing crisis, homelessness will continue to get worse. Click here to tweet, email, call, or Facebook your federal and state legislators to tell them ending homelessness and creating more affordable housing is a priority to you.

  • In America today. Most of the population is just a few paychecks from being homeless. And most of them are too ignorant to know it. Until it happens to them.

  • Mark, this is sick!!! I usually have great respect for the police. However, they are undoubtedly criminalizing homeless people! Ticketing people for putting up a tent?!?! These people are being completely bullied!
    I heard a rumor on the internet that the country (as part of the entire planet) is planning to open up a housing place for the homeless. However, it'll be very cramped and these people will possibly have an RFID chip implanted into them. They start out by ticketing these people showing the public that their is a serious problem with homelessness part of which is making it obvious by unfairly ticketing these people. Then this sets up for a political figure to get on t.v. explaining how horrible the situation is and that they have developed an idea for housing all of them making nonhomeless/homeless people feel that it is a great solution along with creating positive feelings among civilians towards our federal/state governments, specifically creating feelings of trust. As a short time passes, these homeless shelters become increasingly strict to the point of being somewhat abusive. Of course the mainstream public won't be told these things. Eventually, this type of housing will slowly trickle down to all others while creating an extremely wonderful world for the incredibly wealthy/elites.
    This all may sound paranoid on my part. However, do believe that the plans for a New World Order are in the works. So, despite that I sound paranoid, perhaps even a little psychologically I'll, if something to this effect does take place, then that is when the paranoid become the truth tellers. Thank you for everything you do for the homeless Mark!

  • I hate how most people wonโ€™t even give a second look or thought, they just assume were drug addicts or an alcoholic, this literally can be anyone, you never know how life can suddenly turn around for the worst. Iโ€™ve been in this situation thankfully now Iโ€™m 4 months off the streets

  • When youโ€™re homeless itโ€™s when you truly feel the loneliest and you see who your real friends are. Iโ€™ve been there. Keep your head up bro

  • Praying, LORD, a clean, safe, affordable home for each person needing a home. Fining people for not having a home is crazy. MERCY GOD!! You gave us Your compassion but too many people refuse to Operate in it. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

  • He would be an excellent advocate for the homeless community. The city officials and the police there should be asking him what to do to help the homeless problem, not issuing him fines!

  • god this is so heart breaking and anger making,its diabolical that people are treated like this in the richest country in the world.The resources are there to give this man a home for god sake,even a small place to rest and stay safe and clean and cook until people can get their life together.This world is so full of terrible iniquity and watching all these videos just makes my blood boil.He is right about how they give more to the rich and not helping the poor.Affordable housing for all.

  • I just Wish our Government will step up and "Do The Right Thing"
    JERRYVILLE……For Mayor of Colorado…very well said..๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  • The comfort of the rich depends on an abundant supply of the poor (Voltaire). At least our wealthy folks are very comfortable.

  • Remember Scrooge in A Christmas Carol when asked to help the poor replied "are there no prisons are there no work houses"?

  • Too bad all these people can't learn to shut away the materialism and learn to receive everything they need from nature the way our ancestors did and then leave the cities and go live on the banks of the rivers and lakes why there's nobody around. If you know how to do it you leave no waste and nobody ever will know you're there. You can even buy land cheaper than what you pay for rent.

    Every injustice is over something else being of worth, than one another…. no matter where you are from, nor the language.

  • I would tell them to put a warrant out for my arrest and that I wasn't doing any community service or anything else or paying any fine and then they would have to house me in a cell and give me a shower and three meals a day plus a place to sleep all paid for. When what is intended to be a punishment turns into a benefit they lose their power

  • Please (please) keep us posted on Jerry with what folks can do to directly help him. I am with most here with the contention that NO ONE, particularly a(ny) veteran should be homeless nor hungry. Criminalization of homelessness is not the answer; it ignores and exacerbates the problem.

  • We all deserve a roof,food and warmth but sadly it is a luxury.In the UK families used to look after there own but things have changed.

  • Jerry is an intelligent and articulate man. Some of these politicians need to listen to him. I hope and pray he gets permanent housing ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

  • Cops going after harmless homeless people instead of the more dangerous thugs out there. Ridiculous. These people just need assistance, they dont need to be charged with crimes.

  • Only need security bathroom and a place to put your stuff..surely we can facilite this. "Ticketing" homeless people is cruel.

  • So if you pitch a tent on a public sidewalk , you get a ticket . Urban Camping ???? That interaction alone puts you in a database that says "so and so had an incident /run in with LEO's ". Then in the future, if you go looking for a Job and your prospective employee has a BCI run on you , it will come up. Many employers will not hire you . So no job. Its ALL designed to work against you . God Bless Jerry. I hope he gets his wishes (firstly , that he gets housing ! ).

  • It seems to me if they make being homeless illegal people would try harder not to become homeless. So everybody let's get behind the police and make homeless illegal once and for all.

  • Theses authorities need putting on trial for the inhuman atrocities they do to other human beings…the hidden hand of violence.
    Itโ€™s plain to thoses that possess empathy that people ,especially the elderly living in tents is a cruel thing to happen.

  • This is my city of Denver I work for the public transportation system and along my route (East Colfax ave) Iโ€™ve got a bus load of people at 2am just trying to keep warm, theyโ€™ve got no where else to go, and I sure as hell ainโ€™t gonna throw them off as long as they donโ€™t bother anyone. Iโ€™ve been homeless a few times in my life.

  • If being homeless is a crime, we should start charging those who make it happen, with the crime of it.. That would be our government. They've raised taxes on the poor, while absolutely not charging corporations (who have the gmen by the you-know=whats), anything.
    Look at that huge monster, Amazon; despicable. Bezos is paying not a thing in tax.. not a thing! How can that even be allowed?
    Yet people who sleep in one of Bezos' boxes is charged as criminals. Crazy.

  • BINGO! The logistics of homelessness is a bitch and the housed are completely clueless. Matter of fact….I think it was in Colorado or Utah or somewhere like that a nonprofit was running one of those "overnight homeless" experiences. This particular one involved having to travel across the city to make certain appointments.

    The one butter soft middle-class house wife flopped her ass down on the sidewalk….proclaimed defeat….and called her hubby to rescue her because she was in "distress". My my my, isn't that special. We real homeless don't have magic lamps to rub to wisk us away when the situation becomes…."less than ideal". At least she admitted she was wrong about the homeless and not to judge.

  • Just remember… These places Mark goes to is where it's EASY to be homeless.. Imagine living around a rural town where people are extremely apprehensive and entitled.. Most of these places you are inside the back of a squad car inside an hour if you get spotted..

  • Homelessness in America will not end until there is a US President who is serious about addressing this crisis, and that won't happen until there is a public outcry that something must be done about it. But is there a public outcry? Do most people care about this problem??

  • A short story,

    โ€œPeople have the right to exist whether you accept them or not and whether they are perfect to you or not and to do that they must have access to the resources of the Earth to survive. If the job market is unstable or inconsistent and someone is unable to do that work and at the same time you block people from food and shelter then you are killing them.โ€

  • Prayers to all the homeless, may god hear your prayers . ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

  • He knows his housing stats. Thankful for his service.

    I think the only way the income based housing (which he mentioned) will work is if there's at least 500 units in one building or complex. That way, the owners will be able to offset what they're not getting from the lower end by collecting from the higher end, and that will keep the owners from losing money owning the property.

    Also, he's right. If there's so many empty houses, why not use them to house people?

    Mark, I think it would be great if you have us viewers submit to you our questions for the homeless about homelessness. Like how you ask, "What would you like people know about homelessness?" We could submit to you our similar questions for you to ask the homeless in future videos, as well as the questions that you ask.

  • Itโ€™s a shame, that the rent these days are so high. Then the cops fine them because they canโ€™t get off the streets. It is a slippery slope to hurt these people. He is so right, modern day slavery is what this is. Our system is smashed.

  • The thing is, the recycling places donโ€™t want to pay a person for the work their will to do. This guy hit the nail on the head in every question that was asked him.

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